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L5 S1 Mircrodisectomy approx a year later issues

alishaalish Posts: 1
edited 09/23/2015 - 9:39 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi, I am new to posting to this forum however have been reading a lot of comments and feedback. I am a 39 year old female. I have severe sciatica pain on my right buttock and leg about a year ago. The pain was due to a bulge on my L5 S1. According to the MRI I had, I was told by the specialist that it will probably be surgery as the bulge was a large one. I had been unable to do anything really for myself due to the pain. I eventually had to be off work. I was trying to avoid surgery at all cost. I got my first steriod injection which had given me approx 45% improvement. After some weeks, it was suggested to me that since 1 injection helped and gave me this much improvement, maybe I should go for another one and it will give me double the improvement. When I went to the same specialist to get the injection, I felt that he gave me the injection in a slightly different spot. At the time I said to him "are you sure its the same spot, it feels different" to which he responded in a grumpy manner that yes it is. Well the second injection backfired. I went home. Not feeling that great. The same night I started vomitting. This lasted for a few days. I had a reaction to the second injection. By the weekend the pain came back with a vengence. It was morning, Sunday Dec 14th, 2014, my husband and kids had just left the house, I manage to crawl to the loo, I got myself up and as I sat on the loo, I felt this ripping pain in my right glute. (major muscle tightness). I sat on the loo holding the walls, screaming and crying in pain. The pain kept getting worse, I managed to crawl back to my room, couldn't handle the pain and pressure. I phoned my husband, parents, sister. No body answered their phones. Eventually in my panic and pain I called the ambulance. They came, pumped me up with a lot of drugs yet I was very aware of the pain. I was admitted to the hospital and had my surgery on Dec 17th in the morning. I was told by the surgeon that the bulge wasn't too bad however since there isn't much room in that area of my back, the bulge had wedged itself in well on two of my nerves. I felt I recovered really quickly from the surgery. I was doing great and eventually getting back into the gym. I do have permanent nerve damage which has left me with numbness in my right foot. My little toe is permanently numb while the toe next to it fluctuates in the numb sensation. I still get a weird pulling type sensation under my butt area and just above my knee ligaments. When I get up from a sit down position, my back does a popping sound, kinda like when you crack a knuckle. It concerned me so I got a referral to the othorpaedics dept at the hosptial. They did xrays and checks and told me that the site has healed well. However the two disc above my L5 is degenrating quite quickly for my age. And they don't know why. With this paranoia, I started researching supplements that will help with bone and collagen etc. I think one of the biggest traumas of the pain and suffering is the fear of it all returning. I am really paranoid. I try to think positive however when my lower back is hurting or my glute muscles are hurting, it really takes me back to that one day when I had to call the ambulance. Lately my back started hurting but it was more due to my piriformis muscles and other muscles in my glute which felt thickened. Like when you have a muscle spasm. I went to my physio who massaged and did some accupunture which I hate to realease the tight muscles. She said its due to tight muscles. It is now day 3 from my physio appt, and I am not quite recovered yet. I am moving around but have the pulling nerve sensation in my leg and butt area. I am really worried that I may be going backwards in my recovery. It is coming up Oct which is when I had originally gone off work and had the steroid injections. Dec 17 will mark 1 year. I am not sure if there is anyone out there who feels this sort of pain and sensation on and off. It will be good to hear if this is and to know that it is ok. The physio said that she doesn't feel as if there are any issues in regards to my sugery site. I am also concerned that my degenrating disc may be putting more pressure on my L5. Could the pressure cause another herniation? Need peace of mind.


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