I'm a 6'2", 155 pound, 28 year old male.
Apparently my nerve in the L5-S1 region was totally crunched. I had minimally invasive surgery to relieve the pressure via a neurosurgeon. My diagnosis was for surgery for left L5-S1 radiculopathy and I had a left L5-S1 laminectomy with medial, L5-S1 facetectomy & decompression of S1 nerve root. No discectomy or fusions. My doctors said I should never play sports again and that a fusion is likely in my future.
The pain is still out of control. I am 4 months post op now and spent most of it doing PT for hours a day. This was supposed to be a 1-3 month recovery. I cannot concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes before pain takes over. I've seen lots of doctors and the advice isn't really great -- everyone suggests I avoid a fusion and they do not want to perform it. No drugs work. TENS machine gives me very temporary relief. I don't know any other options. Any advice on what to do going forward would be great -- sports were my social life so I am losing my mind not being able to work out or do anything.
MRI pre-surgery: http://imgur.com/a/z3V4S
MRI albums post surgery (injected with contrast halfway through, 2 albums): http://imgur.com/a/dW0pe http://imgur.com/a/VDhM8