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Post Dekompressor Discectomy (HELP!)

sahmsam77ssahmsam77 Posts: 4
edited 11/05/2013 - 9:02 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Pain in my extreme lower back, almost at tail bone area which grew with greater pain into left buttock and down my left leg.
After 15 months, found my L5/S1 is herniated, the annulus is torn and leaking gel onto my nerves. Also scoliosis was observed as well as Degenerative Disc Disease. After numerous injections, chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy, I finally ended up having Dekompressor Discectomy
RF Ablation of the disc and PRP injection into the disc on October 23rd. All this just 5 days after attempting to have the same procedure 5 days early which mechanically failed mid-surgery. Today, my pain has not changed.

See this is what's so freaking frustrating, I feel like this should've been immediate.

I understand I had two surgeries five days apart but the first surgery wasn't even completed. Keep in mind this was a decompression discectomy (so no knives or incisions were involved, it was only needles guided by a fluoroscope). They got the needles in but they never even made it to the disc because of mechanical failure. So that surgery, after an hour, of trying was aborted.

Five days later we did it again, this time the needles were in and he got the drill in and was only able to drill a couple small canals because of the degeneration of the disc have little room to work with. He then used RF ablation to burn off the remaining herniation of the disc. Lastly he injected PRP into the disc and surrounding area to help speed up the process of healing.

Because of the amount of pain I started to experience with the final injection of the PRP he then gave me an epidural. As excruciating as it was after that surgery I had no pain in my buttock or leg that I have been experiencing for the past 15 months. But within two days that ended. The pain is back.

The weird part is that from the two surgeries my back doesn't bother me and it never did, it was always the pain that ran over my buttock and down my leg that was the part that always kill me but my back has and does at this point feel fine.

I feel exactly like I did the day before the first surgery and all the months leading back to when it all started. I will admit there is a little bit of stiffness in the back but that does have to do with the amount of time I'm spending in bed because the doctor told me that I can't take more than 3 to 4 laps around the kitchen table and then rest but you can't rest too long because you have to get up and move again.

I went to my follow-up appointment on Wednesday, I didn't get to talk to the actual doctor which was disappointing, however I did speak to his nurse which is also his wife of 30 years. The part I hated most and always do every time I go in there, is that when they ask you what your pain level is on the scale of 1 to 10 I'm answering based on the amount of medication I am on at that moment so who really knows what the actual pain level is? That being said the day I went in for the second surgery I did not take any pain medication so my pain level was at about eight or nine. When she asked me my pain level at the follow up I told her it was about a four or five but I know that's because of the medication. But she says "see you're already getting better". That's plainly just not true because I am on a lot of medication I feel the same, I don't feel like I'm getting any better and I don't feel like laying/sitting around doing nothing or next to it is going to make me feel any better now than it will three months from now.

So is it because I had two surgeries? And everything is still swollen? And it takes time for the tunnels to fill back up with the herniated part of the disk? And in a few weeks I'm going to start feeling better? Or is nothing going to change and this is my life forever?

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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