Hello all. This is the first time I've ever posted on a site like this but I need the communities help. Four months ago I had a microdiscectomy on L4 L5 due to an S1 nerve root problem where I was experiencing sciatica. Once I woke up from the procedure and the lateral side of my right foot was numb, painful, tingling, and burning. I reported this to my provider and BTW I am an retired Nurse and Navy Corpsman so I know just enough to be dangerous. They said let it take some time and things should subside...Well, they have not and in fact, has gotten worse. I come to find out the hot shot doctor at , in which other doctors jokingly call RothMart, sends me for an MRI with contrast. This test shows a larger amount of scar tissue and he essentially says "Lets wait and see what happens." In the meantime I am in a large amount of pain. The outside of my right foot is in where the problem. I was told there is lots of scar tissue and going in to do more surgery will only create more scar tissue.
So her in lies my dilemma. I don't want to be on the pain medicine train and there has been such pain that my life has just changed. No more of the things I use to do. I've also received 2 epidural injections post op, and they have given me minimal relief. I've been told there is a thing called a Nerve Root Block which would deaden the nerve but sometimes I really just wish I could chop that foot off and replace with a prosthetic one.
Also, doctors are so hesitant to order pain meds that it leaves me suffering. I should just check into the ER and tell them to admit me, put me on pain control, and fix the problem. Either with a nerve block, freezing it, or taking the dam thing off but this is really ridiculous as I can't continue to live in pain like this.
Thank you in advance for your comments and help would be appreciated.