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2 surgeries later and still in pain

JechamberlainJJechamberlain Posts: 1
edited 12/02/2015 - 4:21 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had been having level 7 to 9 pain in my lower back, right hip and right leg for about 6 months. I had the shots, radio frequency eblations and burning of the nerves but nothing helped. Then one day I bent to flip the corner of the bedspread and level 10 stinging, throbbing pain went shooting from my back through my right hip and do en my right leg to my ankle.
My primary care doctor managed to get me referred to my orthopedic surgeon asap. They did an MRI and found that my L4 and L5 were badly ruptured. I was scheduled for a discectomy 3 weeks later on July 22. It was a very long 3 weeks as the pain level in all the before mentioned areas did not abate much! I was put on Norco 10/325.
The surgery went fairly well. The surgeon nicked the dura during the surgery so I had to stay in hospital an extra day flat on my back. The good news is that the sciatica pain subsided.
After I got home I waited for the pain go away. It abated a little for a while but then started to worsen again. I lived with it for a while longer but it just never got better. I went to see my surgeon again and had another MRI. The bad news is...I re ruptured the disc. I had my second discectomy on November 9th. The second surgery went well. The surgeon told me that he had to remove scar tissue that had attached itself to the nerve cluster in my lower back.
A note: I have had five surgeries including a full hysterectomy between 2002 and 2007 to remove an excess of scar tissue called adhesions that had attached to my abdominal wall, my uterus, intestines , colon and pelvis. The adhesions themselves do not have nerve endings but the tissues they attach to do have nerve endings. The adhesions caused a great deal of pain. I still have adhesion pain at the incision sites of the last laparoscopy. So...The point here is that I have a history of growing excess scar tissue after surgeries that attach to my internal organs.
It is December 1 and my pain is at the same pre second surgery level and doesn't seem to be getting better.
My concern is that I am growing excess scar tissue again that is attaching itself to the nerves in my lower back. I don't know what can be done. Can the surgeon remove them again and use some kind of gel barrier to prevent them from growing back again?
I would truly appreciate any input you may have about my situation!

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