I am so scared and angry right now. Let me preface this all by saying I DO have an appointment with the doc next week (actually it's my surgeons PA, and it's the earliest appointment I could get,,,surgeon booked solid through March for office visits).
I had a Micro-D in 2010 after wickedly blowing out my L5/S1. The surgeon said it was the worst herniation he'd seen in his 25+ years. I was crippled in agonizing pain prior to surgery. From the time I blew the disc to the day of surgery was only 1 week (I have friends who are docs and they got me in to see the surgeon, their friend., within a day). I consider myself blessed in that regard. Woke up from surgery 90% pain free and enjoyed a FULL athletic recovery within 6 months. I am a professional horse trainer and riding instructor, and we own a horse farm, so I am VERY active 7 days a week.
The awesome pain free life lasted a year and half...I reherniated the same disc this past November. I knew it the instant it happened. I have DDD so there was no injury. It was fine one second and then BAM, hellooooo excrutiating radiculopathy and back pain (right side). Unfortunately my savior of a surgeon has moved out of state, so I couldn't go back to him. I instead went to my own GP who was USELESS and wouldn't refer me to an Ortho, so I called my husband's ortho office and made my own appointment. They made me jump through the usual hoops even though I told them of my previous history and brought my old MRI's. I got a new MRI w/wo contrast, and they sent me for an epdicural...it last THREE days before I was in tears again. Luckily the set me up with the surgeon immediately after that and on 12/13/14 I went in for my second Micro-D.
I again woke up 85% pain free, but with loss of feeling in most of my right foot and part of my right leg...none of which was there before. Surgeon told my husband the hernia was worse than the MRI showed, of course, and that he also accidentally nicked the nerve sheath during the surgery...whatever...I felt pretty darn good!
They did not set me up with post op PT like I had done 4 years ago. Just told me the usual no BLT's while recovering, and I was doing great right up until my 6 week follow up last week. I walked into the office, told the surgeon I was doing great, he cleared me to return to normal life (but be careful bending lifing etc..) even said I could ride my horses again! But about an hour after I walked out of his office, the burning radiculopathy returned. I DIDN"T DO ANYTHING i swear!!
Could the disc have reherniated already?? I'm petrified he'll want to do a fusion if it has! There can't possibly be much if any disc left if it's herniated again. I can't be laid up again...I'm worried a fusion will mean the end of being able to ride my horses professionally. I'm scared and MAD.
Is there any hope for me? I'm back to popping Tramadol daily (I can't take anything stronger...it does bad things to me). Advil and Aleve don't touch it. Occassionally, if I move just right i get a massive painful zap to the nerve on the right side. Pain is burning all down my leg again.