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Could my Lower Back pain be Failed Surgery Syndrome?

Razobackfan67RRazobackfan67 Posts: 1
edited 10/12/2015 - 9:12 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all...in 2013 I had a double microdiscectomy on L4/5. Before surgery I barely had feeling in my right leg from sciatica. Fast forward to today, and for the last 3-4 weeks my lower lumbar has been horrible feeling. It started really bad a couple of weeks ago having bad spasms on lower lumber to my right of the spine. Now for the last week or more, it has hurt when I walk, bend down, get up from a sitting position. I went for a MRI today, and after laying on that table for 45 min, when it was time to get up, I barely was able to sit up. It was like that old saying I through my back out. I have had off and one noticeable pain in my right leg, but it hasn't been harsh at all unlike it was two years ago preop. I just can't figure what this can be, it hurts so bad my back is stiff. I can't use a heating pad, as it makes my back heat up and burn in the area it hurts (yes I know a heating pad is supposed to provide heat, but this is a different type of stinging burn). I find myself not trying to sit down as it hurts so bad to get up. In the morning getting out of bed really hurts.

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    edited 10/12/2015 - 9:12 PM
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  • MeydeyMMeydey Posts: 209
    edited 10/17/2015 - 3:03 PM
    Sorry you're having a tough time since your surgery. I know how rough it is, as well as disappointing when the pain is not gone significantly, or it has gotten worse. It happened to me after a microdiscectomy for disc herniations at L4-S1. A post op MRI showed the disc reherniated 1 month later. After having a TLIF on both levels my pain worsened and I had permanent nerve damage and scar tissue. I was diagnosed with post laminectomy syndrome (FBSS). Only your doctor can evaluate your situation and determine where to go from here.
    Ol' Spiney...Microdiscectomy L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central disc herniation L4-S1, sciatic nerve damage, retrolisthesis, epidural fibrosis, facet arthropathy, severe DDD & OA.FBSS- Medtronic SynchroMed II pump.
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