First let me apologize for the length of this post, but I did not want to leave it to guess work. I am looking for 3rd, 4th... opinions. Or links where I can ask for advice. Thanks
Here is my story;
Oct 5 I woke up with a slight pain in the back. I have had back problems for many years and the best solution was chiropractic care. Sometimes the chiropractic adjustment did not help and I would have to go back to the medications. In the past I was diagnosed with a bulging disc, and I was able to control the pain with ice, exercise and chiropractic care for the past 15 years. Well Oct 5 was a different story, by noon the pain was on my leg and it manifested itself after walking for about ½ a block. The pain was so strong that I would have to stop and sit in a position that would relieve the pressure on the nerve. This position was legs tucked in and chest to the knees. Sleeping was difficult and the only position was in a fetal position. By Oct 7 I was in so much pain that I had to go to the emergency and they gave me painkillers and referred me to a neurosurgeon.
After being on painkillers (percocet) and a MRI the decision was to have a Microdiscectomy on October 30.
Day of operation once I woke up I was in heaven, pain gone. Next day same, no pain. The physical therapist indicated I do not need therapy. I was so happy, I will be able to walk and eventually exercise. So little I knew that the pain was masked by the steroids and percocet given in the hospital.
Well in my two week checkup I indicated to the doctor that the pain is returning, his comment was that I will experience pain but it will go away. The analogy he made was; imaging a truck was removed from your leg and now you are experiencing pain as you recover but it will get better.
Dr. comment after surgery (I think I got it all) ?????????
Well I decided to chart the pain, and it showed that the pain was increasing and not subsiding. In the next appointment I showed him the charts and asked him if I should get therapy and another MRI. Well he said I guess so, and he refered me to therapy and order a MRI. The therapy aggravated the pain and after 4 session I stopped. The MRI showed the previous problem was still there and even worse according to my surgeon. So back to the initial problem and solution.
One thing the pain I experience now is almost as bad as before the operation.
So I decided to get a second opinion;
Second opinion is from a surgeon with 35+ years experience. First thing he said while talking to someone on the phone and my self at the same time was I don’t see anything wrong with your films. So I pointed him to the two pictures with the problem, one pre-op and the other post-op. Him comment after looking at the films again was that I did not need an operation and that he was going to treat it differently. So he prescribed steroids and after that desinflamatorios.
Now I am more confused and am seeking another opinion.
Any advice is welcome.