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Lower back spams 5 weeks post op from L5 S1 microdecompression

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  • Jen

    You may want to talk to your doctor about a different muscle relaxer, on that they are not worried about, there are several out there, also if you are having problems getting the medications that you need, you may need to check into a pain clinic referral, there are many very good pain specialist out there that are not pill pushers, but can really help get you through the tough times.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Thank you for your advice. I really appreciate it. I am waiting for a call back from the doctors office and will also look into referrals for pain management specialists. 

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  • Good news my doctors office increased the gabapentin to 1800mg and advised to finish the Valium and we will discuss other muscle relaxants. I meet with my surgeon for follow up first week of June. I have so many questions on recovery and whether the last MRI indicating moderate left neural forminal stenosis is causing any of this pain in my leg and if therapy along with medication will help. If additional surgery is needed I’m ready to do whatever is needed. Thank you again for the advice!!

  • Jen

    I hope the medication changes help, I also hope that you will not need any more surgery in the near future.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Well my neurosurgeon released me and said there is nothing more she can do for me. I started having weird sensations of cold fluid running in my upper right leg. She said she did not know what it was and referred my sciatica problems on the left leg and now the right leg back to pain management. Pain management doctor reviewed my MRI and said the neuro did a pretty good job on my disc but the right side of the disc had a small area still compressing the S1 nerve. Now I am getting an injection to start with the pain in my left leg. I then saw my primary doctor since my liver enzymes are high. I’ve been taking gabapentin for 6 months and now having another screening to see if I have any liver damage. Primary doctor also thinks something is wrong with my back and reviewed my latest MRI and said I’m referring you to a good orthopedic surgeon. So now I am getting an injection and a second opinion on my lumbar spine. She even wants my hips and pelvis checked since there seems to be rotation problems. Sorry for the long post there is so much going on. I really hope the new doctor can solve my extreme pain and spasms in my back. 

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  • I am sorry you are going through all this, I was hoping everything would calm down on it's own, hopefully with the injection and your second opinion they will be able to get you out of pain,in the meantime try your best to keep a positive attitude that this will get fixed and everything will get better.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Thank you for your support. I can’t wait to see if the injection helps and hopefully get the second opinion to see what to do next. I keep saying never give up and this will get resolved. I’m glad to be back at work it is a distraction. I work from home a few days a week which helps tremendously. I’ll keep posting as soon as I find out anything further. This forum is so great to help others and myself when we are battling to regain a normal life without constant pain.

  • I like your attitude, keep thinking that way

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


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