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Valuable site, very grateful! I've learned a lot and still have more to learn.

SjssnjSSjssnj Posts: 8
edited 02/13/2015 - 8:54 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone! My name is Sandra. I discovered this site about five months ago and it has been a tremendous help. The amount of information has been great and provided an additional tool along with my doctors to help me understand and make decisions.
I'm 46, work from home, wife and Mom. I injured my lumbar spine a little over a year ago. When I first injured it I went to a local Ortho (new to the area). He did an MRI and said basically I just sprained my back, MRI was normal, and I should rest for a few weeks and the pain in my back and radiating pain in my leg would go away. No need for follow up.

The Ortho group was very reputable and I had no reason to doubt his answer. However the pain did not go away and only became worse. I didn't go back because he said the MRI was normal. After lots of suffering, 5 months ago I started researching on the web and came across this site. After reading, my symptoms were consistent with sciatica. So I decided to go to an Ortho back where I used to live an hour away. He's a Physistrist I had seen over the year for SI joint problems. He would do manipulations which helped.

On my first visit, he looked at my MRI and said I had a large herniated disc at L-5 S-1 protruding to the left pinching the sciatic nerve. His exam showed I had muscle weakness and decreased tendon reflexes in my left leg. He suggested an epidural but was not optimistic. The dr who did the epidural said the same thing that it probably wouldn't work but it might give a little relief. They were right it didn't work. I was referred to a surgeon.

I saw an Ortho and Nuero surgeon, they both said the same-thing. A micro discectomy and a lamanomity. On 1/26/15 I had surgery, when I woke up I immediately noticed the dagger like pain in my thigh was gone! I litterally cried from joy.
The first week after surgery was normal painful surgical pain no leg pain at all. I went for my follow up the dr said at week 2, I start Physical Therapy.
This past week I started, after the first visit which was just an evaluation, I was in the worse pain imaginable. The pain in my leg was back and at a 10. I called the dr and he said this was normal. I've been 2 more times and the same.

So now I'm here. I thought the worse was over. I had pain free days after surgery with just some Tylenol. It was heaven. Now I feel I'm back to square one. I started pain medicine( Percocet) 3 weeks prior to surgery and have been on Dilaudid 2mg after surgery. 3 days prior to PT I didn't need it. Now I'm back to taking it several times a day. :( My plan is to continue to read through the site and see how others have managed. I have to say the threads on preparing for surgery were tremdously helpful as well as the videos.
Thanks for reading.
Entering Uncharted Waters
L5-S1 Microdiscectomy & Laminectomy on 1/26/2015
Started Physical Therapy 2/10/2015


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/13/2015 - 8:55 AM
    Welcome to Spine-Health

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Your pain experience sounds very similar to mine. I am STILL waiting for my first neuro appt. I would like surgery to be a last resort. If he suggests it, I will get a second opinion. My chiropractor was able to reduce much of the actual back pain but the sciatic pain is what sent me for an mri. My long story is in this thread. I just joined as well.
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