I just saw my pain management doc today, and he is suggesting an epidural lysis, as he believes that I have nerve entrapment in epidural scar tissue. Has anyone had this done, and if so, did you find it helpful?
I had a one-level ACDF six weeks ago, which has resolved the numbness/tingling issues I was having, but my main struggle for the past 15 years has been my lower lumbar. I had a laminectomy (L4-L5) done in 2010, which helped for a couple of years, but began having worsening pain last year. So far this year I've had numerous ESI's, medial nerve block, and ablation on both lower lumbar sides. The ablation lasted about four months. I saw my neurosurgeon a couple of weeks ago to follow up on my ACDF, and when I mentioned that my on-going back issues were not getting better - despite the treatments my pain doc had tried - he looked at my MRI from June and said my S1 was mangled, and we needed to consider a L5-S1 fusion after my cervical fusion had some more time to heal. I asked my pain doc his thoughts on that today, and he said we could try the epidural lysis.
Any insight anyone can give into this procedure would be most helpful, and very appreciated!