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Strong pains after Laminectony/Discectomy

I apologize already for my English, I am Italian.

Hi everyone, I'm a 19-year-old boy who underwent discectomy and laminectony on October 15, 2018, 7 months ago. My "healing" period was long enough but at the end I already felt that the pain remained. The neurosurgeon advised me to go to an osteopath (which did not solve anything) and to proceed with an MRI. The resonance highlighted

"Reduction of lumbar lordosis physiology.

Initial signs of spondylosis.

The width of the spinal canal appears to be wide at the lower limits of the norm in disk dehydration phenomena in L5-S1.

In L4-L5 there is a wide disc protrusion with a focal posterior-paramedian prevalence Sn which determines a modest imprint on the dural sac.

In L5-S1 results of Interlaminotomy Sn with Microdiscectomy; at this level we can appreciate the presence of a modest amount of tissue that affects the lateral recess Sn and that shows enchancement after mdc ev in reaction to reactive-scarring phenomena. Cone medullar in the seat and to adjust volume and signal ".

After that I did the pain therapy, with epidurals and radiofrequencies at the facet joints, needless to say they have no effect.

I describe my pain: when I'm sitting / lying just over a few muinutes my left leg hurts, under the buttock up to the calf. When I wake up in the morning it hurts my neck, and when I stretch my arms they hurt and tingle. The most severe pain came to me after the operation and emerged when I bent my upper back and, at that moment, it hurt my leg, as if something were touching my nerve. I'm desperate and I don't know how to proceed.



  • Have you seen your surgeon since the MRI? If so what is your diagnosis? Your surgeon is the only one that will be able to create a treatment plan for you as you do seem to have several things going on, I am sorry that you are going through all of this, especially at such a young age, I know this will be hard, but do your best to keep a positive attitude and keep thinking that the doctor's will be able to fix this so you can get on with your life.

    I have posted a link below that may be helpful

     being young with spinal problems 

    Take care and keep us posted


    Veritas-Health Moderator

  • thank you very much for your reply and support.  my surgeon saw the resonance and advised me to perform pain therapy that didn't work at all.  I asked him if it could depend on scar tissue, but he said no .. I have to go to him on Tuesday

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,357

    Listed below are some links that may help when you go to your surgeon.
    40 questions to ask your surgeon

    When you see your surgeon, make sure you explain your pain to him like you did above.
    Take care and keep us posted.

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
    Please read my  Medical History
  • Thanks,

    I spoke to the doctor who told me to do some tests to check the nerve.  he said that the pains I have in my upper back can only be a consequence of what is underneath.  he also stated that if I undergo an operation again to eliminate a possible scar, it is likely that the latter will reform itself ..so I don't know what to do if the problem is the scar causing the pain ..

  • He would carry out the operation to eliminate epidural fibrosis by making a cut where I now have the scar. Are there other, less invasive methods of doing this? Furthermore, there is a reason why I always wake up with an intense neck pain and (after the operation) when I bend my upper back, my nerve under the buttock feels bad to me, in your opinion?

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  • Ghunz

    Scar tissue can be painful and hard to get rid of, there are specific exercises that help after surgery to help keep it from forming, but my understanding is that once it has formed those exercises are not effective.

    Veritas-Health Moderator

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,525

    I've always been told that you have from 6 months to 9 months to work on scar tissue.  After that period of time, as Chip indicated, those exercises are no long effective.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • @dilauro hi, what exercises do you talk about? If this time goes by will I remain this way for the rest of my life regardless of what I do?

  • Ghunz

    They are called nerve glide exercises, you would need to talk with a physical therapist to get the specific exercises, but if the tissue has already formed exercises will usually not break it up, but if you have surgery again, then you would want to start them when your surgeon gives you the go ahead.


    Veritas-Health Moderator

  • Chip, thanks for the reply. 

    During this time I also went to an osteopath to do some exercises and to treat the scar, but nothing happened. Now I have to do x-rays in maximum and minimum bending and I have to check how the nerve is. The neurosurgeon has not given me much hope regarding the operation to remove the scar ... he said that at the end of the surgery he will reform himself ... is he so likely? This type of operation is necessarily done by cutting at the point where they made the cut in the last operation?

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