This is my first entry. I have come to this site many times before my L4-L5 discectomy surgery for information on how it should go. I had been suffering from lower back pain for 13+ years, also suffering from "DDD", and in Aug.08' I began to have severe sciatic pain from my lower back, all the way down my right leg into my calf. My PCP (who is not an Ortho) got me an MRI and said I would need physical therapy for what he called a bulging disc. I went through and failed PT twice and my PCP did nothing more than put me on steroid pack after steroid pack. To make a long story short I finally got to see a Orthopedic surgeon in Jan. 2009, who looked at my MRI from Aug. 2008 and said I had a major rupture and needed surgery.
He gave me another MRI that showed it was even bigger than in the old MRI. I had my first discectomy on Jan 19, 2009 and for the first week I was so happy to not have the sciatic pain in my leg anymore. A week passed and the pain was back and seemed worse than before . I had another MRI done that showed the disc re-ruptured. Being that the disc is degenerative the Dr. said it could of happened from anything, and I did nothing wrong. So he scheduled me for another discectomy on Feb. 9, 2009 :jawdrop: .
Now here I am 3 months later in severe pain. I have serious swelling near the incision and if any pressure is applied to my lower back I fall out in agonizing pain. The pain is still in my leg and lower back but not the same as the sciatic pain was. I have weakness in my legs, a grinding sound in my lower back, and can hardly get around without pain medication. Even having pain in both of my knees now too?. DR. had me on Percocet 10's than decided to take me off and put me on Lyrica for the "nerve pain" which I hear bad things about. I am scheduled for another MRI this upcoming Thursday and hope to get some answers.
Dr said fusion surgery would be next if I rupture my disc again...if I still have one, but he also said he would want to put it off for as long as he/I can. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
L4-L5 Discectomy 01/19/2009
L4-L5 Discectomy 02/09/2009