Greetings everyone! I am very new to posting on message boards, but I would like very much to interact with others dealing with the same problems as me!
I have had 2 surgeries: both discectomy / lamenectomy on L5-S1... one in 2000 and again in 2005. Since then, in constant and frustrating pain. I am now diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, scar tissue around the S1 nerve root and "chronic" nerve damage in my right leg. I went through 1 year of PT after the 2nd surgery and I now go to the gym weekly to exercise & strengthen. I get cortisone injections in the facets or SI joint about every other month. They don't last very long.
I just had my first rhizotomy nerve ablation (multi-level and on both R and L side) this past week. It was one of the WORST medical treatments I've ever received. Excruciating pain during the nerve burn. I thought it would never end... and was begging them to count down the seconds so I would have an idea of how long to endure.
As I read other people's postings, I see that there are SO many others dealing with these same conditions and worse. I am certainly not alone.
I have two questions at this time...
1) How have others gotten through the rhizotomy procedure? I thought I was being TORTURED. I can only HOPE that the pain of the procedure pays off in longer-term pain relief in the facets. So far, I'm still sore from the procedure.
2) How do others deal with their lives... working, family, housework, yard work, etc. particularly when they have limited funds and limited help from family. This is a somewhat vague question, but one I think about a lot.
Thank you all!~ KG