I was experiencing pain for about 5 months before realizing i had herniated a disk in my back. I initially thought I pulled a hamstring, or messed up my IT band, as i had really bad pain in my left leg, and not much in my back. After waiting and waiting for the pain to change, i got an MRI and showed L4-L5 L5, S-1 herniation.
I had my first MicroD on 11/9/13, and my second MircoD on 12/9/13.
I had initial relief from the first surgery, but days after I herniated again. another MRI confirmed and back to the OR i went.
My 2nd surgery lasted 2.5 hours, instead of the 45 minutes they usually last. My doctor said that there was a lot of scar tissue to move and navigate thru, causing the surgery to run long.
After the surgery, my pain remained unchanged. It wasn't like my first where i had immediate relief. My doctor said with all the scar tissue, and pressure on my nerve for so long, its going to take time before i get relief.
The pain started in my butt, and ran down the entire length of my left leg. It was constant, sharp pains that would shoot down my leg. It felt like my left cheek was always clenched if that makes sense.
New Years Eve my pain changed. My cheek finally "released". I still have a little pain in my cheek, but nothing like before. However, now my pain concentration has moved. It starts behind my left knee and shoots to my heel. The pain behind my knee is similar to what i had in my cheek. It's extremely awful, and my calf feels like a cramp that never stops. The top of my left foot has been pins and needles numbness, and tender to the touch.
I've been taking Norco, Lyrica, and some anti-inflamitorys to help manage the pain, but they really haven't helped much.
I'm wondering if this change in pain is a good sign or bad sign. I have my appt with my Dr. Tomorrow to have my stitches removed, but I've been so anxious and eager to know what the change in pain may mean.
I'm so tired of being in pain for the past 6 months, sometimes it seems i may have to accept it, and live with it the rest of my life.
Maybe talking with people who have gone through the same experiences I have may help. My anxiety is off the charts.
L5-S1 Herniation. 1st MIrcrodiscectomy 11/9/13. 2nd Microdiscectomy 12/19/13