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Please HELP!!!! Scar tissue and bone fragments

hebbfoo77hhebbfoo77 Posts: 1
edited 01/13/2014 - 7:26 AM in Recovering from Surgery
After trying several non surgical options for my L5 herniated disc (3 months of spinal injections, anti inflamatories and physical therapy) I finally ended up having to have L5 discectomy back on December 5, 2013. I was pleasantly surprised that the pain I had been feeling for over 5 months seemed to be pretty gone, and all I was feeling was the pain and discomfort from the surgery itself. Everything seemed to be going great until week 3 post surgery, when the lower back pain slowly started coming back. It started with just the back pain but it progressed down my leg and foot quite quickly. The tingly, numbness, pain and weakness down my left leg and specially left foot came back with a vengeance and worse than prior to the surgery. I ended up going to the emergency room on January 4, 2014. Afraid of a possible infection, the ER doctors did an MRI with contrast, and the results showed that some bone fragments were present and a considerably large amount of scar tissue that seemed to be compressing the nerve. I was sent home with some steroids and pain medicine since I already had an appointment scheduled with my surgeon the following Wednesday. The next day after my visit to the emergency room, things took a turn for the worse. Now the pain started radiating to my right hip and leg, something I hadn't had at all throughout my ordeal. Wednesday came around and my appointment with my surgeon was very disturbing and frustrating. He was very dismissive and rude, and told me that I had nothing to worry about, that the bone fragments were no big deal, and that he wanted me to go back to see the pain management doctor to see what he could do for me, and refused to prescribe me any pain medicine saying that I didn't need any. I have tried to make an appointment with another surgeon for a second opinion, but was also shut down by him, and told to see a pain management doctor. So as you may imagine I am beyond frustrated and terrified. My worse nightmare is that one or all the bone fragments can become dislodged and end up paralyzingly me, or that the continue pressure on my L5/S1 nerves will cause permanent damage. If anyone out there can shed some light, share experience and/or give me some information, explanation about my case and hopefully give me some hope, that would greatly welcomed and appreciated.
Hebb Foo


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/13/2014 - 7:40 AM
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