Hello fellow back pain people.....kind of feels like we are a part of a special group of people. I had a double microdiscectomy on October 20th, 2014. L4/L5 on the left side and L5/S1 on the right side. I had been dealing with herniated discs for quite some time....seems like every 6 months I was down for the count. Went to a spine specialist...had an MRI....saw the double disc herniation...and they got me in for surgery the next week as I could hardly walk. Before....the chiropractor would be able to get me straightened out in a week...so I thought it was normal, etc...
Survey was hell....not going to lie. The recovery was nothing like they projected....I was in severe pain for a long time. At the 30 day post op visit...my surgeon said I waited too long...showed me pictures of my spinal cord and nerves...they were pink meaning irritated badly.
Anyway....I eventually got better, after getting hooked on pain meds for 90 days and going through the withdrawal from that...but like I said, I started getting better.
6 months after surgery....I started to notice back pain when I would wake up in the morning....and it was there every day. Talked to my doctor...he said its probably just an alignment issue...try sleeping on your back. Did that...didn't work. Try sleeping on your left side with your legs straight....well if you are like me, you have no idea what position you are sleeping in when you are asleep...anyway, nothing worked. Pain would always be there in the morning...but would go away after I got up and moved around for a while.
So here it is 12-1-15....about 390 days since surgery....and tonight I was walking into the house...and all of a sudden the dreaded low back nerve pain was lingering....like I had the disc herniation again. Although not debilitating, fall over immediately bad....I can feel it and I am walking crooked and have that nerve pain shot every now and then when I move around.
I am just sick to my stomach....thinking not this again.
Has anybody else experienced this after a micro-d? I am wondering if I should call my Dr in the am and see about another MRI and a possible second micro-d.....? I guess after looking at some posts, its not uncommon to have a second one...and even a third.....?
I hate discs..... Wondering if I should just have a fusion and get it over with versus fighting this problem the rest of my life. I am 6' 4"...athletic build and exercise regularly.... I played basketball with a guy who had a low back fusion...and he is running and jumping all over the place like nothing ever happened....and said the fusion is at the L4/L5 region so it didn't affect his flexibility.....and he is living pain free....
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