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rontechrrontech Posts: 7
edited 07/13/2014 - 2:26 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I am new on this site. I have had low back problems since I was 26, I am 53 now. In 2002 I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis on the R. side at the L4-L5 level. In 2004 I had a laminotomy/foramenotomy on R. Side at the L4-L5 level. Outcome was great, until about 2009, then pain started up again but on the left this time. Then pain returned to the R. side. Pain was getting worse and worse over the next 5 years, so I went and had my primary Dr. send me to the neurosurgeon who did the 1st surgery. Primary Dr. also referred me to pain management in March, and he put me on disability immediately. Got MRI done and it showed severe central canal stenosis and moderate foramenal stenosis at the L4-L5 level. Got appt. with the neurosurgeon and had laminectomies done at the L4 and L5 vertebreas on May 30, 2014. The incision healed nicely and had all bandages off at the 2 week mark. I just reached the 6 week mark and the sciatica is gone on both sides immediately after surgery but I am still dealing with post surgical pain, which seems to be getting better. I still feel a small bit of leg pain on the right side but I think it's because the nerves are waking up after being pinched for so long. I get a strange sensation at the L4/L5 level where the laminas were taken out. Almost like I can feel the missing bone. Actually I can feel the missing bone when I touch that area on my back LOL. Neurosurgeon says I should be able to return to work the 1st week of Aug. Time will tell. I am a machinist so I have to be able to stand for 8 hours. This surgery was much more involved than the 1st one and it was very very VERY painful when I woke up in the hospital. They kept me for 3 whole days. I am in the process of weaning myself off the pain meds with the help of my pain Management Dr. Before surgery I couldn't stand or walk for more than just a few minutes at a time. Running was out of the question. Now I can walk a few miles with some discomfort and I actually went for a short jog last night. Pain didn't increase after the jog so things are finally looking up.


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