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Unbearable left leg and foot nerve pain after L4-5 laminotomy/ distectomy -help !

ClemCClem Posts: 1
edited 06/07/2015 - 8:47 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi I'm 39 yr old fenale who had a laminotomy and microdistectomy at L4-5 7 weeks ago. I have a high tolerance for pain. Had surgery because leg pain had stopped my life. Now worse. I woke from surgery with horrible nerve pain didn't even notice incision pain. It took about 3 weeks to be able to walk on leg without a walker. I seemed to improve but was ion a lot of steroids (3) then pain severely increased around 5-6 weeks leg pain only from rear to shin to top of foot. Surgeon was very experienced did my hw. He ordered an MRI to check for reherniation since I had laser disc surgery when I was 15 and it had re herniated over time. But an accident landed me in this pain. So MRI shows seroma or fluid small in size and Inflamation and scar tissue. Dr said he thinks Inflamation see anther dr for steroid nerve root epidural . I did and am waiting for approval from workers comp for epidural meanwhile pain has increased two fold and I am bed ridden so not over Doing it.
Very scared I'm worse than before surgery.
The pain management dr said my surgeon hopes it to be Inflamation because nere took a beating (had a Neuro and spinal do surgery together). Pain management dr discussed scar tissue wrapping on my nerve which is a real possibility and very painful and not fixable . I almost died. I am a mom of two young kids and all they see is mom in bed in pain. At this point pain meds don't even touch this level of pain and I'm waiting for this "shot" of steroids to hope for relief . Has anyone had this happen ? Should I be worried? If the shot isn't approved in next few days I think I need to go to hospital I just can't deal with this constant throbbing pain and its intensity (and I've had pain before this tops all) . Any comment s help please share I'm lost and losing hope fast.


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  • Hi, I know it has been a while I was wondering if you were able to get any relief. I am using a TENS unit and lidoderm patches for pain
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