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6 Months Post Op - First Post

Hello, my name is Mackenzie!

I've suffered with horrible sciatic and lower back pain for the past 6 years and in May 2012 I finally found out that I have degenerative discs and joints in L3-L5 area; one herniated L5 disc and L3-L4 bulging discs. I had a laminectomy/microdiscectomy in August 2012 and just recently found out that the surgeon didn't remove the entire herniation in my L5-I was told I had residual pain, but that wasn't situation. Very soon I may be undergoing another discecomy or possibly a spinal fusion. My vertebra are "shot". My sacrum is also sharply angled. Sounds great having such a bad back and being only 20 years old, right? Haha!

I saw a question somewhere on here about Neurontin-I took this medication for 3 months. It works as a nerve suppresant, basically. It did not help me at all, and in fact, caused me to fall asleep during my classes and created severe arthritic pains in most of my joints. I also developed petichia in my hands; the PA thought it was a rash. I used percocet for 3 months, vicodin for 2 weeks, and ultram for 1 week. At this moment, I do not take any pain medication. I'm just dealing with it as I did before.

Once my back problems are dealt with, I want to be able to go on walks with my daughter and exercise in general. I'm basically a hermit. I stay home as much as possible, find alternate modes of transportation, and am at my wit's end with this pain!


  • Hello-

    I am so sorry to hear that the first surgery was a failure and that you need to undergo another one. I am young too, 25, and am scheduled for a L5/S1 TLIF and Microdiscectomy on May 1st- this will be my first surgery and I sure hope it gives me the relief that I need. I also took Neurontin with NO help.... it was insane. I am on Vicodin and Tramadol for pain but those I don't take very often unless I am in too much pain- I've dealt with it all for so long that it almost isn't worth it. We don't have kids yet, but were planning on sooner than later- however, now the surgery has delayed that! :( Good luck with your second surgery and I hope you have a GREAT experience!
    Olivia Douglass
    MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13
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