I am new on here and hoping to get some advice and help!!
I have had lower left back pain for about 6 yrs, about a year ago I started getting some pain in my left leg...I had been given many different types of pain meds and have had about 4 MRI's, all the Doctors said they couldn't see anything on the MRI that would cause the pain, so they kept giving me narc's and after about 6 yrs of taking the meds I started abusing them and became addicted to opiates,I put myself in Intensive Outpatient Treatment twice and looking at my family history I found out that I have inherited the addictive gene, I told my Doctor about my abuse but he kept on giving me Narc's. I'm not blaming anyone else, I know it's my fault because I'm the one who chose to continue to take the med's and to abuse them, plus my body had built up such a tolorance to the narc's that I was takeing a dose that would kill most people, just to control the pain. By this time I had also had six L3-4 nerve root blocks, and several trips to a Chiropractor and still no relief, the epidurals were lasting 2-3 weeks at most. Finally I went outside of our rural town of 6,000 people to Lincoln Nebraska to see a neurosurgeon and request a new MRI and an answer as to why I am having this extreme lower back and left leg pain, they did the MRI and he said he couldn't see anything... He suggested that I see a Neuropsychologist, I told him "I am not crazy" and I made him look at the MRI with me, I told him that there is something wrong with the area around L3 to L5, so he looked and looked and didn't see anything.... And then he finaly looked at it from the bottom up, and THEN he finaly found it!!! The disc at (I think) L3-4 had what he called "A laderal bulge" on the left side and it was pressing on the L4 nerve root, and that's what was causing all of the pain. So my Doctor scheduled my for a "Left Laderal Microdiscectomy", where they went in from the left side of my spine and carved the "Bulge" away. The first two weeks I still had pain from the surgery site, then that healed up and I was pain free for about two weeks and then the pain started coming back and radiating down the left side of my left leg, and it was WORSE than I had ever had before surgery. It so happened that at also during this time we were packing to move to KCK, and I was probably over doing it by lifting things, which I agree with but it had to be done. So after talking to my Surgeon he told me that the pain was from all of the packing, lifting, driving and moving, so he increased my pain med's which I was NOT comfortable with given my history of addiction, but like him, I didn't know what else to do except just lay down for a few weeks, but that was impossible. Now three months later the pain has gotton a hole lot worse and I am still taking pain med's, I have a new pain Doctor and he has now done three injections and each one has lasted about eight days and then the pain starts coming back, so last week I met with a new "Back Surgeon" and I like him very much, I explained my entire history including the addiction and the prior surgery and all of the injections, he looked at my post-surgery MRI and said " that doing another Discectomy would not help" he also said that "the first surgery should not have been done Laparoscopicoly, it should have been done straight on with a normal incsion, by doing it the way it was done, it messed with the Ganglion nerve, and the nerve is VERY pissed off" SO THIS IS MY QUESTION!!!!! And i'm sorry it took so long to get to it, but I needed to get my history out there first. Now, my new Surgeon has told me that I have two options.. #1 is that I continue on the way I am, and see if it heals up, mean while I am maxed out on the Injections that I can have for the next twelve months. Or option #2 is that they open up my back, from the back side and remove the disc and fuse my L4-5 vertebrea, this means that I spend four days in the hospital, and the next 8 weeks not driving or doing much of anything, which will be hard for me because I can't sit still. He also said that there is a 65-70% chance that the pain won't come back, but that also means that there is a 30% chance that the surgery won't help much at all..... SO I am asking for anyone that has experienced this to please give me some feedback, I don't know what I should do... The surgery seems very invasive and a very long recovery, up to a year they say..
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE OR ANYTHING TO HELP ME DECIDE WHAT TO DO.... I DON'T WANT TO TAKE PAIN MEDS THE REST OF MY LIFE, I CAN'T!!!
PLEASE HELP ME....