I am incredibly frustrated with continuing nerve pain, hip pain after surgery and 2 months of PT. I just started back to work and my commute hurts, even when I get out of the car and walk halfway to work. I began forward bending stretches with
PT today and have been in pain the last 10 hours. Had an EMG/NCS last week that showed abnormal response at L5 S1 nerve root with radiculopathy. The pain is better than a month ago, but my healing is slow. My PT thinks I have scarring--I really hope it isn't permanent--I have been walking as much as I could since surgery to prevent that. I suppose I should call my GP or the neurosurgeon tomorrow but I don't believe there is anything they can do to help with the pain. I can't take Neurontin and many other drugs. I still do Lidoderm patches, Tylenol, Celebrex, and hydrocodone but it doesn't help much. I'd really like to ditch the hydrocodone but it usually does help a bit. However, the pain hasn't been good the last few nights and I'm having trouble sleeping again. I realize nerves take a long while to heal, but I am getting increasingly irritated with this darn situation. How in blazes am I going to make it to work and back tomorrow? The driving is horrible. Is this ever going to get significantly better? I thought surgery was supposed to help this!
2cm disc extrusion and fragments at L5 S1 pressing into nerve. Laminoforaminotomy and discectomy October 2012.