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Sciatica 7 Years After Scoliosis Surgery

Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to forums so I'm sorry if I'm doing anything wrong! Like a lot of you (it seems) I can't seem to get a decent answer from the doctors!

I was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis at age of ten and had correctional surgeries aged 11 and 12. My spine was fused and two rods inserted either side. My surgeon was very respected for his work so it shocked me when he told me it was one of the worst cases he'd seen! I'm afraid I was too young to remember the exact details/degrees of the curve so can't provide anything more specific than that I had a huge lump on my back!

Anyhow, my surgery went very well, thankfully, and I went almost eight years without a single problem! No back ache or anything! Until a few months ago..

It started with lower back pain but nothing even worth taking paracetemol for. I reckoned I'd outdone myself with bending too much (my rods mean I can only bend from my hips). Then I noticed that my left leg was a tiny bit stiff and when I sat up, I couldn't straighten it.

About a month (maybe two) later, I woke up with terrible leg pain in that left leg. I was on holiday at the time and sitting in the car was horrible. I took to walking around as much as I could to take the pressure off - I thought it was a one-day thing. However, the problem persisted and back at work, I made an emergency appointment at the doctors because it got that bad. I was given Codeine and Naproxen which didn't do anything but make me dizzy. I ended up having to go home from work and be in agony sitting on the bus on the way home (I think somebody thought I was having a baby I was panting that much!) And I went to see a different doctor, crying from having to sit in the waiting room, and she gave me Amitryptiline which didn't work either. I still couldn't go back to work because even sitting down or standing was agony in my leg. So I went to see another doctor who thought I may have a slipped disc and gave me Gabapentin and Volterol which took the horrific edge off. It still didnt go away after a couple more weeks so I went back and he made an "urgent" referral to the department that dealt with my surgery to do tests/scans. I've been back again and still no appointment with the hospital, but more painkillers. I'm on about 14+ tablets a day and while I'm not in horrific pain anymore, I still can't sit up for more than 4 minutes! I can sometimes walk for ages if Ive laid down for a few hours, but it soon catches up to me. The bottom part of my spine hurts sometimes and I can tell there's a problem there - I'm attending physiotherapy but even my physiotherapist has referred me to somebody more specialised. Nobody seems to know what to do with me and it's annoying as I have to take time off from a job I enjoy and respect. I'd love to know if any of you have had Sciatic pain this long after surgery - aside from the pain, not knowing is the worst thing!


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