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I am so confused, again

glendagglenda Posts: 49
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:18 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am scheduled for surgery (a left sided hemilaminectomy)on July 9. What I am so confused about is... I was having terrible stabbing pains, left sided, when this was scheduled a month ago. Since then I have had a marked decrease in left sided acute pain, and an increase in bilateral hip and leg pain, spasms, tingling, etc.

NS told me at last appointment that I had a herniated disc at L5-6 (I have 6 lumbars) that was causing the "stabbers" and that the left hemi would take care of that. He told me that a fusion of L6-S1 (site of previous surgery) plus an ADR at L5-6 could possibly take care of most of the problems. I opted for the remedy for the acute pain, the surgery that I have scheduled in 2 weeks.

I guess what I am trying to ask is, could the herniated disc at L5-6 be causing these new and worsening symptoms on both sides? Or is it the "bone on bone" problem at the L6-S1? Anyone have an opinion? I really don't want to go thru this surgery if it is not going to help all that much. I called NS today, but he was in surgery, haven't got a call back yet. Any advice, comments will be appreciated.

BTW, I was glengill on the "old" SH message boards, just so you'll know.


  • HI Glenda,
    Sounds to me as if you need to see your Doc again before surgery. There is no point in having half a job done if it is not going to fix the problem.
    It could just be how you are moving now to possibly save yourself from the original pain but I really suggest that you go to see him or at the very least a physiotherapist who specalises in backs.
    Oh and by the way there is no L6 :? I think you need to jump up a vertebrae and L5-S1 or L4-L5 LOL
    Good luck with it all :)
  • Hi Sara,
    I agree about needing to see NS before surgery, or at the very least, talk to him about the different symptoms I am having. I'm supposed to go for pre-op on Tuesday, will go early and stop by his office, if I don't hear from him before then. (Sorry about the confusion with L6-S1, but NS tells me I am one of the 10% or so of the population that has 6 lumbars.)

    This whole episode has been a weird experience for me, so different than before, which was the same symptoms day in/day out. I never know these days what is going to hurt and how bad it is going to be from one minute to the next. Such a roller coaster ride.

    Thanks for the reply.
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