49yo Male.. 6'2" 235lbs
Back in April of this year, I had Lumbar Laminectomy on my L4/L5
Things have progressing slowly and I was gaining more mobility with the surgical pain subsiding as time passed.
Then, at the end of October, out of nowhere, I felt a sharp pain in my back while I was driving.
By the time I got home, I had a shooting pain in my right hip and increasing pain in my calf the longer I stood.
Great, Ive got Sciatica !
I wasn't worried too much about it because through the post-surgical recovery, I had encountered it twice.
First time went away in about 2 weeks and the second time was triggered by Physio which went away in about 3 weeks.
I was prescribed Gabapentin by my surgeon but all that did was make me sleepy.
Now, it's been 6 weeks and the pain is not only going away, but it's getting worse and the amount of time I can stand or walk is reducing.
i called my surgeon at the 4-week mark when I realized it wasn't going away and he's since ordered a new MRI with the dye injection this time.
Unfortunately, I live in Canada so wait times are currently 3 months for an MRI here.
Prior to surgery, I'd never had Sciatica. Ever !
The reason I was a candidate for surgery at all was due to a major rupture of my disc between L4/L5 that had caused some bone fragments to float around dangerously close to the nerve.
My question is, what is the most likely course of action I can expect ?
I realize the MRI will reveal more details, but should I expect that I'll be tossed to the curb the way I've read so many other stories on this site ?
Or, since I've had surgery already, is the likelihood of another surgical procedure slim to none due to scar tissue ?
Just not sure what to do..
People have asked me if I regret having the surgery now and I can unequivocally say, YES.