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I am a new member, but I have been finding answers and help for my issues for over a year, so grateful for other people's insights and shared experiences. I have unfortunately, not been able to find answers for my newest issue, and I decided to become a member to see if I can find advice from those who may have had similar issues.
In June 2016, I found out I had a severely herniated disc at L5S1. My orthopedic surgeon looked at my MRI and wanted to operate immediately. After the laminectomy/discectomy, I felt so much relief and was grateful. I returned to work after 3 weeks. A few short weeks later, I felt the all too familiar leg pain, and returned to the surgeon. Those MRI results showed a reherniation AND a CSF leak from the disc fragment impaling my nerve. I had surgery again in September of 2016. Things have been going well until about 1 month ago. My leg pain has returned and is now in both legs. My recent MRI shows there is scar tissue wrapping around my spinal nerve (he cannot actually see the images yet, just got the report from the radiologist). My surgeon set me up with his colleague for a cortisone injection. When making the appointment, I asked if this would help with the pain I am having, and the PA told me "its like a band aid- it will help for a little while". This seems like a waste of time to me.
I am feeling pretty hopeless right now. Should I seek a 2nd opinion with a neurosurgeon? Will cortisone injections work at all? I am so tired of being in pain.