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Chronic pain 8 weeks post op discectomy l4l5

crashhccrashh Posts: 40
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello. I hope you all are doing ok. I recently had my first discectomy l4l5 on august 11 2008. Prior to the surgery I was in so much pain in my left leg and lower back that I could barely function. I was on lyrica and flexeril. that did nothing for me most of the time. That is why I chose to have the surgery. I have had many problems since the surgery. The pain in my left leg has traveled even further down and now is in my ankle and foot also and is worse than before the sugery. Back on the lyrica and a steroid dose pack for the second time and still no relief. The pain is worse than ever. CSF leak lots of scar tissue. The CSF leak is not so bad now but when I wake in the am it is usually a bit swollen with fluid which does give me headaches occasionally. I went to the E.R. yesterday because I was in so much pain. They gave me a shot of Toridol and 2 percs and that mad it so I could walk somewhat normal out of the E.R. The 10mg pers def. help take the edge off but god forbid I cough its all over the pain is unbearable. So finally I have an appointment with a pain specialist tomorrow afternoon. Folks I would like to know what to expect. Do you peeps have any advice for me?

Thanks For Your Time


  • after my 1st 2 surgeries I was out of pain when I woke up. It was amazing so not sure what is going on with you. Now a fusion is another story, very painful. My 4th surgery was sept 25 and now I can;t get over this pain either. They keep saying my L5 is very inflammed with the nerve and digging the herniated disc out. Who knows. Hang in there. I wouldn't think you would be hurting so bad esp on your first one. karen
  • I definitely understand your pain. I had an endoscopic microD last Dec 07 and was in much more pain after than before. I had to have epidurals, rhizotomys and facet blocks all within 2 weeks of my surgery. I could not walk or lift my leg. So not everyone wakes up feeling great whether it is the first surgery or not. 8 weeks is not very far out from surgery and maybe you are just dealing with inflammation. I hope that it is not scar tissue. Hopefully you will find out at your doc appt. Please keep us posted.
    BTW- as far as pain docs go they will usually try injections and so forth and if it turns out to be chronic pain they may try long term meds. That has been my experience with pain docs. They do what they can to manage your pain.
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  • I had a MicroD in Feb. 2008. (L5-S1) New doc says I may have permanent nerve damage - and lots of scar tissue. :''( I have been seeing a pain management doc since May. I tried a round of epidural injections, but they did not work. New doc wants to do fusion and ADR. Blah!
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