I am new to this group. I am a 35 year old female. My journey with pain began last year when I blew my L5/S1 completely out. My L4/L5 is bulging as well. I also had some spinal stenosis going on. I had very bad back pain but it slowly got better. My main problem was that I had severe muscle weakness, numbness and pain in my right leg. I dealt with this conservatively with 2 epi steroid shots, chiropractic care and exercise and streching. I was very slowly improving but after 6 months I was still walking with a pretty bad limp. I decided to go ahead and have a microdiscetomy. This is were I went wrong.
Since having the surgery 9 months ago, I now have Sciatica in both legs. My L5/S1 disc has collapsed. I have continual muscle spasms that I try to control with Flexeril. I have terrible pain that ranges from tingling to deep aching to not even being able to touch my foot to the floor because it hurts so badly.The pain moves around in both legs everyday.
I was told by one Neurosurgeon that I needed to give it a full year but I am getting worse not better as far as the pain goes. I saw a Orthopedic Surgeon who told me that I will not improve that the only thing that will stop the nerve pain is fusion or a artificial disc replacement. The only positive thing that has come from this is that I can walk without a limp. Has this happened to anyone else?? I am scared to death to have more surgery since the first one was not successful. My back is not currently bothering besides the occasional spasms but they are not painful just annoying. I dont know if someone should have surgery just for Sciatica alone anymore. I have lost the reflexes in my achilles and I have no feeling in the back of my right leg from the middle of my thigh down to my toes.
I would appreciate any advice you could give. I am extremely depressed and feeling pretty hopeless for my future.