For the past few days I've been having pain similar to that I felt when I blew out L4/5, L5/S1. Not only is my back hurting but the pain radiating down into both of my legs is darn near unbearable.
My pain meds take the edge off some, but the pain is over riding the medication. When I got home from work last night I cut the grass (riding mower) and took the dog for a walk. When I went to bed last night, I laid there flipping and flopping trying to get into a comfortable position. It didn't happen. I may have gotten a couple hours of sleep, but that's being generous.
Even sitting in my chair at work is uncomfortable. I'm on the fence about calling my PM back. They will want me to come in for facet joint injections which typically do help, but the pain I'm having isn't the same as when my facet joints act up. I'd love to get another MRI to see whats going on because something clearly is out of whack. That will be a WC decision since I am a WC case. I'm not about to go to the ER for this. When I went in a few weeks ago for kidney stones I feel that I was originally suspected of being a seeker due to the drugs I already take. Only after the CT came back showing stones in each kidney, they took me seriously. I could be wrong on that, but after they saw the report, they brought out stronger meds.
Back pain complaints by people who are already on pain meds usually earns you a spot on the "seeker list". Since I work for a healthcare system in town, that would be a bad thing.
For those of you out there that have been through a second herniation (of a different level) after fusion surgery, did you know right off the bat that it was a disk issue or were you surprised by the MRI results?
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2