Hey everyone! I joined a couple months ago and never really introduced myself on here. I decided to come back to maybe get some support from people who actually can understand what I am facing with back pain and surgery. I feel as though I'm going down the same path I was in before surgery.
A little background. I'm currently 28 years old and in June 2012 I underwent a laminectomy and discectomy on my l4-l5. According to the surgeon it was a massive herniated disc. In June 2011 I managed to throw my back out by just bending over to pick up something. I have already been diagnosed with scoliosis. So when this happened I figured I really messed up my back big time. I never had back problems beforehand, pain wise. My back was hurting for a week, and went away. 2 weeks later I started to have mild pain going down one leg. The pain began to increase over time and would also "jump" to my other leg after a couple months. Months went by and the pain was getting worse. Almost a year later it came to the point where I could barely put weight on my one leg. To me not being able to walk. The pain was excruciating. I went to see a spinal surgeon who instantly said I needed surgery and without hesitation I agreed. A week later I was in the operating room.
The pain in my legs before surgery was gone. I have a new battle of pain that I'm facing. My work is demanding and I try to not do so much to not reinjury my back, but in doing so I still think something is wrong. The last time I saw the spinal surgeon he suggested a spinal fusion and everything I have read about that I was hesitating on and I still am. Every day I wake up in pain. I wake up in the middle of the night unable to roll over to my side. I get really sharp pain in my hips and sometimes I get that pain once again down my legs. I'm really not sure what else could be done to help relieve some of this pain.
My friends and family try to understand as much as they can but I just feel like no one has a true hold on what I'm going through with everything this past 2 years. I am thankful however that I how have a little more pain free life as before. I just wish this new "awaken" pain could be solved somehow.
I really can't wait to talk to people and try to gain some more information. Thanks!