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.