So long story short, I'm almost positive that I have herniated for a 3rd time in this same year. I have had two microdiscectomies and a laminectomy (May 30th and Aug. 14th). I've been doing well up until today (well, had nerve pain in my foot, but that was more like the nerves starting to heal.) Then out of the blue today, my back started hurting a lot and I could no longer stand for more than a couple minutes on my left leg. I was out running errands, doing absolutely nothing strenuous when all this happened. By the time I got back home, I couldn't even put any weight on the left leg without excruciating pain in my leg (nerve for sure) and up into my back (that's new).
I called the neurosurgeon and they scheduled me for an MRI but it isn't until next Friday, unless there is a cancellation. I have to use crutches to get anywhere and that is painfully slow. I am almost positive that a fusion (L5/S1 has been my problem area both times prior to this) is in my future and I am terrified. If you've had a positive fusion experience, please let me hear it. I don't want to read anymore horror stories.
Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014