Hello all, This forum has been a huge help to me in the last year. I am a 28 year old male and before the 3 surgeries in the last 8 months I was fairly healthy gym 5 days a week etc. In 2010 I blew out some discs in my lumbar doing deadlifts spent the next 4 years with shots and pain management. Until the begining of 2015 the sciatica in my left leg came on with a vengeance. In April of 2015 I had a Microdiscectomy and foraminotomy of L5 S1. After having the surgery my sciatica got significantly worst within a week. I called the surgeon and was scheduled for a fusion in June. He called me two days before the surgery and wanted to do a Bilateral discectomy and laminectomy of L5 S1. I let him make the decision and we went with the laminectomy. A week into recovery I was leaking spinal fluid, it would not stop so we went back in the first of july and repaired the leak with stitches. Over the next 3 months of recovery I did physical therapy focusing on releasing the nerve (I was having occasional sciatica and extreme nerve tension in left leg). The pain got worst after 3 months I am now scheduled for a Fusion on December 28th. I am extremely scared my quality of life right now is terrible I miss work regularly I can not play with my kids etc. You guys all know the deal of back and sciatic pain. My disc is herniated again in the S1 Nerve Root. But they can not tell me my pain is from the disc bulge, Instability of joint or scar tissue.
My question is have any of you had multiple decompression or other surgeries on the same level and had a successful fusion after all of the other attempts?
I am scared it is the scar tissue and that if we fuse it in 3 months I will be worst.
I hope someone has some insight into my situation. ****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
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