Ill jump right into it as this may take some explaining.. While I was active duty Military in March 2011 i had a L5-S1 disk herniation with severe left S1 causing loss of feeling to most of my left leg and no use of my left foot. I was transferred to a civilian hospital with the resources required for my position. Because of the severity of everything surgery was recommended. The following surgeries were performed:
Bilateral Laminectomy of L5
Medial Facetectomy left L5
Left L5 Foraminotomy
Diskectomy of L5-S1 intervertebral disk
recovery was slow but within a couple months i was able to get off of pain killers and taking monthly steroid injections.
Mid July was preparing my house for my birthday party and my back pain returned very sudden and severe. I went to the on base military hospital ER (the one that originally refereed me to a civilian hospital for neurosurgery) and was given motrin 800mg and said to relax.. I have had constant moderate to severe back pain sense then. I enrolled into the VA healthcare system but trying to coordinate medical procedures ive had done between 3 different hospitals proved to be a pain in the butt..
Just this past month I finally got a doctor that listened to me and ordered an MRI. I received the MRI results a few days ago but because of the VA healthcare system I may have to wait a while before I can see a neurosurgeon to find out what my options are.. the results of the latest MRI are below:
L4-L5 Is a thin broad-based left posterior central disc herniation. abutting the dural sac the descending nerve root on the left. Exiting nerve roots are normal
L5-S1 Evidence of prior sergery on the left side with a mild to moderate scar tissue with the large extruded disc herniation confided by the enhancing soft tissue measuring 10.2 x 9.3mm in AP and TR diameters while it is measuring 11 mm in craniocaudal diameter. Is impinging the exiting nerve roots on the left and likely the descending nerve.
I know this is a lot but as much research as ive tried to do I cant find out what my possible options are having already had surgery. Not to mention I never regained feeling to my left leg or foot (which is why i was discharged from the military)..
Im 29yrs old and have been on multiple pain medications for almost 2 years now.. if anyone has any information at what i might have to look forward to or can point me in the right direction. The VA is not a fast moving machine so I may be waiting for a couple months before Im able to get another appointment, and now im just worried..
Thankyou in advance