Hello, I've been lurking here for a while and thought I'd finally join to get some insight from others who might be going through what I have been going through. 3 years ago I woke up one morning and couldn't move, could barely get out of bed, I had pain in my lower back, buttocks, down my left leg, went through the process of the Dr, MRI, Neuro surgeon, PT, and it was decided I needed a micro-discectomy due to a bulging disc at my L5/S1. Before surgery, I had a lot of pain, with most of it focused on my left calf and numbness in my foot. After the surgery, I was abls to walk normally (no limp), had no left pain/numbness, and only had lower back soreness from the incision. I recovered quickly and was back to work in four weeks.
Ever since then, I've had on/off back pain, nothing to serious, then 4 months ago I was at a meeting for work (sitting all week) and I was so uncomfortable. I was out of town, sitting in a chair all week (normally walk around, retail manager), and I had this persistent pain come about in my Lower back and butt. It got worse as the week progressed and then I had a 5 hour drive home. The second day home, all of my symptoms from before my first surgery were back, could barely movement in great pain. I went to the ER since it was late on a Saturday night, they gave me pain meds and steroids. This calmed things down a bit, so I went to the Dr, did the MRI, and then saw a Neuro surgeon again. They stated I had scar tissue and another herniation at L5/S1 and they wanted me to do the steroid injections, I was up for anything because I wanted nothing to do with surgery again or missing work. I had the injection, 2 weeks went by with no improvement, still the pain in my calf and numb sensation in my left foot. Saw the Neuro and we opted for surgery...since I work in retail, I pushed tv surgery out four weeks to protect my team and plan for coverage. So we had surgery and I felt worse than the previous recovery right away. I went in for post op and met with dr last week, they gave me more pain pills, prescribed neurontin because they found calcification on the nerve during surgery and spent more time working on cleaning that up and were unable to get much of the disc, they also have me going to PT and be back in, in 4 weeks. The physical therapist thinks she can help but is concerned with movement he still feels in my back and how much I am favoring my left leg, she says I could have a re-herniated disc and may need another MRI.
As you can tell, I am frustrated, I am in more pain than before surgery and was hoping to be back to work in 4 weeks, right now, I don't see that as possible. Would love your thoughts or suggestions.