Originally I had discogenic back pain only, with no leg pain. I've had 4.5 years of conservative and some cutting edge treatments (intradiscal stem cells injections), prolotherapy (one big scam) with no help. I'm very healthy and fit, so I recovered very well from the surgery. I never took any medication because: 1) I'm very sensitive 2) I don't believe in long term use of narcotics/ anti-inflammatory/ muscle relaxer and 3) I have a very high pain tolerance.
At around 4 months post op the pressure pain from the disc disappear (the same pain that reproduced during a discogram), but all my spine muscles are still super tight, to the point that I can't walk or stand for too long (pain upon extending and twisting).
My MRI and CT looks good. I recently had diagnostic facet joints injections on 3 levels above with no relief. I've had some acupuncture and massage that didn't do much either.
In the last couple of months I developed a heel pain that feels like walking on broken glass. If I'm not on my feet for a period of time, I have to stretch my cuff muscle or else I can't step on my heel.
I wonder if it's possible to have a sudden improvement after a big plateau. My life are on hold right now and basically upside down. I went from being a gym rat to a very disabled person. I find that not getting the physical and mental benefits from exercising are taking their toll on me.
Thanks for reading.
Alif L5-S1 on June 2013