I had a left sided discectomy and laminectomy of L5/S1 the middle of September of last year. The surgery and recovery went perfectly normal and I did 8 weeks of physical therapy. As I started to wean myself off of the pain pills is when I noticed that I still had a lot of low back pain, and now was having sharp pain in my left knee. I do have a good amount of scar tissue build up and while I was undergoing physical therapy I was receiving soft tissue massage after each session which helped break down the scar tissue and got rid of the large muscle knots that I have in the lumbar area. Now that it has been a month and a half since I last had physical therapy and a soft tissue massage, the scar tissue has built back up and the muscle knots are back.
I do not feel that the surgery was a failure in that it relieved my left dropped foot and the numbness that I had in my left leg. That is all that the surgery has done for me. Everything else that I was experiencing prior to the surgery is still a big issue, on top of the scar tissue build up and the sharp pain I have at the incision. I was in great shape before I hurt my back and worked in a very body labor intensive field. As things are of right now, there is no way that I will ever be able to work in that field again. I cannot even carry a 20 lb bag of dog food without the weight hurting by back. It seems that everyone that I have read or known that had a similar surgery is doing great and is back to their normal life. Is there ANYONE out there that is going through what I am going through?