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I think surgery failed AGAIN

This is my second MicroD in the same place. I felt real good the first week and I had high hopes. I'm getting worse by the day. I feel just like I did after my first surgery. I feel like it didn't work. Te pain is so bad. I'm afraid of getting a disc fusion. I've already been out if work a year and had two surgeries. It's affecting my marriage too. Another surgery is gonna ruin me.
Left side MicroD l5-s1 2/7/13. Re herniated immediately
Revision bilateral MicroD and posterior lumbar decompression 9/9/13. Failed. L5-S1 fusion on 3/6/14.
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  • I don't understand how the pain can be so bad. The pain in my butt bone is beyond words. I have butt cheek pain all the way down to my heel. There's no bone. I don't get it.
    Left side MicroD l5-s1 2/7/13. Re herniated immediately
    Revision bilateral MicroD and posterior lumbar decompression 9/9/13. Failed. L5-S1 fusion on 3/6/14.
  • Have you talked to your doctor? I have seen several posts from you about this. They could possibly order a MRI or CT to check your back again. It's not uncommon to reherniate right after surgery. Fusions suck! I had two of them last year and I still hurt. My last resort is a spinal cord stimulator. I am having the trial in December.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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  • What pain you are feeling in your butt bone may be sciatica. I had the same symptoms before my L5 S1 surgery and it would shoot down my leg. It came pretty frequently.

    After my surgery I still had it, and my surgeon said if it continued or became more severe he would send me for a CT Scan. Its not as frequent as it was right after surgery. I use either Biofreeze or Magnilife (for sciatica) and lie down for a few minutes and it seems to ease up. Just saying that yours might be the same. Better check with your surgeon and in the meantime try some Biofreeze...you can get it at a physical therapy place, chiropractor or they even sell it on ebay. If you get it on ebay be sure to ask the seller before purchasing what the expiration date is. Magnilife is sold in some pharmacies, but I couldn't find it in my area so I got it on ebay as well. I always ask for exp dates when I buy anything off ebay.

    Good Luck and I hope you get to feeling better. FYI, my surgery was in June of this year.
  • I have and use bio freeze. After my first surgery I got an MRI 3 weeks after and reherniated immediately. I can't get in an MRI now. The one post surgery hurt me for days. I'm waiting for the doc to call back. I can't sit for more than 15 mins. It feels like my butt bone is broken all the time. It feels like someone in choking my calf. It's very weak. I can't stand in my left foot cause it feels dead. It's been the same for a year. I saw the X-ray. I have no bone plus they did a decompression. Why do I still have all the same pain as before either surgery?
    Left side MicroD l5-s1 2/7/13. Re herniated immediately
    Revision bilateral MicroD and posterior lumbar decompression 9/9/13. Failed. L5-S1 fusion on 3/6/14.
  • Any of you people with multiple surgeries and that still have pain, on disability? I'm on work comp. I'm afraid I won't be able to work seeing as I can't even sit or lay on my couch is my environment with pain pills. That's the other thing. Pain meds are starting not to work again. When this happened before they tried me on nerve pain meds and it turns out I'm highly allergic.
    Left side MicroD l5-s1 2/7/13. Re herniated immediately
    Revision bilateral MicroD and posterior lumbar decompression 9/9/13. Failed. L5-S1 fusion on 3/6/14.
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  • RTgirl2011RRTgirl2011 Posts: 511
    edited 09/30/2013 - 8:26 AM
    I am 33 and on disability for my back. I have had five back surgeries though. If you can't lay in the MRI, see if they can get you a CT. It takes like five minutes for the procedure.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • Mama-SchueMMama-Schue Posts: 337
    edited 09/30/2013 - 8:26 AM
    I am a week away from having my second MicroD on my L4-5 disc. I re-herniated it just 2 weeks after my first surgery, Aug 7, 2013. I have great fear that I am going to do it again after the second surgery. Why did you wait for so longer between the first 2 surgeries?
    Kristy

    L4-L5 Herniated 02-02-2013 (Slipped on Ice)
    L4-L5 MicroD 08-07-2013, Reherniated 10-21-2013
    L4-L5 MicroD Revision 10-07-2013, Reherniated 10-17-2013
    L4-L5 PLIF/TLIF 10-02-2013
    Released From Surgeon & All Restrictions 03-06-2014
  • They wanted me to strengthen up before my next surgery. I did aquatic pt 3x a week and accupuncture twice a week. I'll ask about a ct scan. They never gave me that option before. I'm 34 btw. Are you on permanent disability? How did you get on disability?
    Left side MicroD l5-s1 2/7/13. Re herniated immediately
    Revision bilateral MicroD and posterior lumbar decompression 9/9/13. Failed. L5-S1 fusion on 3/6/14.
  • Yes, I am on social security. I hired a lawyer and filed online on the social security website. I filed in July of last year and was approved in December. Many people are not as fortunate as I am. It usually takes years to get approved for SSDI.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • Is the money ok and is it forever? Do they spy on you? Work comp is 85% my pay. I can't afford to lose any more money
    Left side MicroD l5-s1 2/7/13. Re herniated immediately
    Revision bilateral MicroD and posterior lumbar decompression 9/9/13. Failed. L5-S1 fusion on 3/6/14.
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