I'm 36F considered history of herniated/bulged disc at L3-4 and L4-5 over 15 years ago. The MRi done at that time showed what I can recall from memory as supposed DDD and/or spinal stenosis in this area. Approximately 3 months ago began suffering symptoms of lower back problems again. After 3 months of meds, PT, and no relief an MRI showed the following:
- Central annular tear L3-4
- Central disc bulge severe spinal canal stenosis at 3.5mm with lateral recesses compromised greatly.
The Surgeon recommended a discectomy at L4-5. I am now on week 3 post-op. Surgeon seemed overall pleased at 2 wk follow-up appt however noted to me that there were adhesions that had to be removed (not sure what this means) that he wasn't expecting and stated this occurs over a period of time. My pain level however with range of motion is not where he would like it and I am concerned as well. I fear I now have the same level of sciatic pain in my left side as I did before surgery. There is still also signs of numbness down my left side leg and foot - not the level of tingling (as if my leg were asleep) as it was before, but a definite loss of sensation/numbness.
Is it possible the surgery was not a success? Are there residual issues? Why do they no do a follow-up MRI/x-ray post-op?
I need to return to work - however as it is an office position sitting for 95% of my day is a requirement.