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Post Microdicectomy still in pain

edited 06/04/2015 - 3:01 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi guys,

Iv'e been following the forums here for the past 6 months or so. Today is my first post. I'm looking for a little bit of outside perspective on my situation. First off let me tell you a little bit about me. I'm 24yrs old and work in a labor intensive warehouse job. I was injured back in september of 2014 and have been off work since November of 2014. I injured my back and went through chiro,PT etc.. before finally having a microdiscectomy on L5/S1for a severely herniated disc in Febuary. I am now in recovery and the process has been slow. I have continued severe Sciatica and multiple issues with my back Degenerative Disc Disease,Stenosis etc... I was basically told I have the back of a 70 year old and my lower lumbar spine is in bad shape. So this lead me to where I am today, I have been unable to return to work and am currently receiving workmans compensation. I went to the doctor today and Fusion surgery was mentioned because of my continued pain. (I also have issues with L4) The spine surgeon has his concerns with the surgery but feels as though I am a candidate, although he does not recommend in favor of more conservative treatment. For now the doc has ordered a round of acupuncture to see if that helps. He said the decision is up to me saying~"you have to decide the amount of discomfort your willing to tolerate" hearing this was a tough pill to swallow knowing there doesn't seem to be a definant fix to my pain. I'm terrified of having a fusion surgery considering its 50/50 chance of making things better or worse. I guess what I'm struggling with is I refuse surgery now what happens later in life, If the doctor thinks I'm a candidate now, the condition of my back will only worsen with time if not addressed now. I don't know what to do or how to feel about this. Before being injured I led a very active lifestyle Hiking,running,gym etc.. Now I am very sedentary but do my best to stay positive and active. I just want my life back, I feel as though Ill never feel the same as before surgery. Anyways I apologize if I'm ranting, I just needed to vent and get some feedback from others who have had similar situations. This site has been very insightful and I look forward to your responses....

Thanks for reading:0)


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 06/04/2015 - 1:18 PM

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

    Here are some questions that you should answer:

    - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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  • Hi WW! There are a lot of us L5/S1 folks on here. I would recommend searching for these threads under "recovering from surgery" or "back and neck surgery" and asking people specific questions that way. You might get more responses that way given the high number of new topics started every day.
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • Hi, iv had a fusion all the way up my spine, you'v gotta be prepared for the rigid feeling you will get, I cant bend backwards or side to side even an inch, that might just be me, im not sure but its a strange feeling, obviously just having the lower part of the spine done might be different, hope whatever u decide works for you!
  • lindsaykaye84llindsaykaye84 Posts: 2
    edited 06/05/2015 - 9:08 PM
    I recently received my results for MRI and I am in lots of pain. My PCP recommended physical therapy but I cant begin to imagine having to do anything physical . I stay in constant pain. If you don't mind what does this mean in simple terms.
    724.4 723.4 722.10 721.10 L5-S1 disc bulge and I cant understand the other writing.Please help me to understand whats going on . Thank you!

    There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to advise on an MRI

    Liz .....Spine-health moderator

    Lindsay sandlin
  • Will someone just give me their opinion please
    Lindsay sandlin
  • Sorry I am unable to help you understand your MRI. The only part I can advise you on is that L5/S1 is in your lumbar spine and that has to take a huge amount of body weight so can be very painful to bear.

    Physio therapy does not always mean physical so please go for your appointment and see what advice the therapist has for you.

    Good luck with pain reduction through PT
    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015

  • TraceyelizabethTraceyelizabeth WalesPosts: 30
    edited 06/07/2015 - 4:33 AM
    I have no idea of the medical terms, I refer to mine as top middle or bottom! Haha
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