Hello all, I am posting in this area because I feel more members can relate to my questions as they have probably already been there.
Have had a single lumbar herniation issue for 12 years treated with PT and meds on occasion. as of Feb. 2008, was injured on the job and had to have cervical surgery with plate and screws and re-herniated the disk. In April 2008, while recovering at home from neck surgery, Tore the herniated disk and released disk chemical into the back area causing swelling and my spine to bend away from the pain. It went back to almost normal a couple a months later when the swelling subsided. Went through intensive PT and are currently on some meds.
1. I Consider my spine surgeon excellent and I trust him impeccably as he does not like to do surgery unless as a last resort. He has advised the disk will heal and I will be back to my pre-tear feeling, however it could take 18 months. DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A LONG WAIT TIME?
2. I am currently doing my own PT at home as directed by my spine surgeon's PT staff and taking Tramadol as needed. I am also still on Celebrex.
*** I asked my surgeon if I was nearing any needed surgery, but he said my disk still had alot of height and the pain would subside over time.
*** I have been in alot of pain since the re-herniation and especially since the tear in the disk. Do you all think 18 months is normal for a torn disk to heal over somewhat and the pain to lessen? It still feels like alot of pressure is on the disk causing the pain and of course I don;t bend, lift over ten pounds or twist if I can prevent it. I am usually not in alot of pain most days and the Tramadol works well when I need to take it. What do you Think?
ALSO, Please don't think I am sounding like my DDD symptoms are any worse then some of you surgery members, I know what pain really is and I know you all have been bravely fighting it.