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After seeing Dr.RX at xxtoday (who came highly recommended and has quite the resume), he said that "in his heart of hearts", he would guess all the pain is coming from the L5-S1 level and would have it taken care of except that the results of the discogram make it much iffier to do the operation. He said waiting is probably not going to help but unfortunately there isn't much that they can do to figure this out.Injury - woke up in February of 2014 in pain. Had a broken hand at the time so wasn't doing much physical activity other than machine lifting (mostly leg work). Not sure if relevant but quit taking Paxil (generic) at this time for anxiety.
Weight - Was 225 in summer of 2013, was at 170 at time of injury. Currently 155 at around 6'2" as a male.
Pain got progressively worse. Did PT for a few months and saw a chiro -- no help. MRI in June 2014 shows herniation, mostly severe at L5-S1 area. Schedule surgery for August 2014. I'm now 6 months post op from a left side L5-S1 laminectomy and have been in increasing pain ever since. Two post op MRIs show the surgery to be a success but the pain is still getting worse -- I haven't worked since I've had the surgery and a lot of days I find it very difficult to leave my bed. I've also had several CT scans done, a DEXA scan (bone density was off the charts high), a discogram to test L5-S1 and L4-L5 levels (both came out ok/negative for problems), blood work (showed I was not positive for arthritis indicators but did have low white blood cell count), EMG (which showed minor problems, nothing that would be causing current issues). I've tried injections (had 4), post-op PT for 15 weeks, chiros, massages, water therapy, painkillers/muscle relaxers, TENS machines, heat/ice, etc. and nothing has stopped my pain from continuing to get worse each day.
Seen Patel at Northwestern (said fusion would be 50/50 to help), Dr RX (Sports/Spine doctor who said I should get fused), several doctors at rrr (recommended same PT that I've done), several pain management doctors, and RX at fff is my surgeon.
Things that help -- heat, TENS (short relief), working out, sometimes ice and massage, sleep but pain comes back immediately after all of these
Questions - Medical Marijuana? Anabolics? Kidney stones in past relevant? Standing MRI? Stem cells? Will pain ever go away? Cervical or thoracic MRIs?
Medicines I've Tried - Oral Steroids, Lyrica, Gabapentin, NSAIDs, Muscle Relaxers, Norco ("Works" but makes me feel really out of it)
MRI pre-surgery: http://i.imgur.com/529nwV7b.jpg
MRI post-surgery: http://imgur.com/a/dW0pe, http://imgur.com/a/VDhM8