Had a discectomy back in April 2012 to remove pieces of herniated disc. Immediate relief from that point up until about 2 months ago. Started getting pain down the left side of my left leg. Went back to the surgeon and got X-rays. Said that the disc had not re-herniated, but that it was just "irritated". Got a toradol injection that helped for a day and a 6 day steroid pack that helped for a week. Then had an epidural that took about two weeks to help but ended up helping for a couple of weeks.
Now the pain is back pretty good. Going back for a second epidural injection on oct 8th.
Couple of questions:
What could cause irritation two years after surgery?
Could it be scar tissue? Wouldn't that have shown up much sooner?
Side question: I can't take any type of ibuprofen or aleve 5 DAYS prior to the epidural. What pain meds can you take leading up to the epidural?