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KalliaKKallia Posts: 4
edited 02/23/2015 - 12:06 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just posted my entire pain history in the member intros. Currently, I've got osteoarthritis and a disc bulge (L4-5). My latest MRI shows stenosis L4-S1 with an AP diameter of 1.0cm and facet/ligament hypertrophy. My pain level with 10 mg oxycodone 4x daily ranges from 6-8 on a normal days. I'm pretty emotionally worn out from this. My primary care has offered Cymbalta. After thinking about it, I think I'm going to take her up on that offer.

I had a right sided lumbar rhizotomy on Friday. It's definitely not been all sugar and sweetness. Right sided pain after weight bearing for 5 minutes gets up to a 9 in my right buttock and thigh. Before the procedure the pain was located bilateral low back and buttock, left hip and thigh, and tingling in my left thigh and leg.

I've been to a neurosurgeon who recommends an L4-S1 laminectomy and fusion. While I do trust his analysis of the situation, I feel I would be negligent in my care if I didn't get a second or even third opinion.

I'd like to know what questions I should be asking at these appointments. What I've gotten so far. This procedure takes about 4 hours, donor bone is used, back brace for 3 months, and motivated people can go back to work in 4 weeks with light duty. While I am motivated, I do believe he was under estimating the back to work time.

What should I ask at future appointments with him or with another surgeon? Is there anything else I can expect from this type of surgery that I might have missed in my brief summary? Thank you!


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