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laminectomy surgery Pain Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everyone I am new at this website blog. My name is Albert and I had a laminectomy surgery back in october. I have been reading this website before my surgery and find it very supportive for people like us that are going thru the pain and symtoms of back problems. In my case I was injured at work back in april they determined I had two herniated disk in my lower L4-L5 section of the lumbar spine. I went to therapy for five months with all kinds of meds, but that did not work. Workers comp then sent me to another spinal specialist wich then was sent for an hd mri. the mri revieled that i had a far lateral herniation. The doctor then recomended me to have a microdicectomy wich should have been minimal surgery same day proceedure. When i arrived at hospital for surgery i was preped and then taken to surgery. when i woke up my wife said the doctor explained my case was severe and that i was given a laminectomy with a six inch incision down my spine. I went home after two days, he infomed my wife my herniation was very large and was there for a very long time. I then was very fustrated because i was under the impression its to be very minimum surgery and when i found out thru surgery report that all these muscle, tissue and bone where removed due to the surgery. The surgery was non painfull because of the anestetics that where given ,when i arrived home after surgery i was in so much pain and the medication does not work. I am now two months into it and still feel the same symtoms that i felt befor i went into surgery and to put the icing on the cake i have new symtpoms any input?


  • the doctor does not want to give me any pain meds, he says i should be trying to get off of narcotic meds. I also take flexerill, lyrica, percocet, and ambien to sleep. these meds are not doing anything and the doctor is like doc house. it is very hard to understand the pain unless you are going thru it. I will no longer be able to do the job i used to do due to restriction and my back will never be stable for as long as i live. I started therapy and it is terrible they want you to do things like if my back is new. this is very stressfull and to top it off i inherited a new friend wich is my cane. I spoke with doctor to get new mri, just took mri and waiting to see him but he does not want to give me anymore surgery. I told the doctor i feel like i reherniated and he just ignores the situation. Any feedback please i am about to loose it on this doctor.
  • I think it is time to change doctors!!! You are not being treated right at all. When you get the results of the new MRI and talk with the doc about it, if he is not more sensitive to how you feel, get away from him and get a second opinion! It's always a good idea to get that 2nd opinion prior to any surgery. Hope today finds you feeling a little better! >:D< >:D< You might also want to check out the Back and Neck Surgery forum...there are lots of folks who have been through the same operation you have and can offer suggestions.
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! if you are even having questions in your mind about the care you are being given, then it is time to either have a frank talk with your doctor or find a new one. apparently you have tried talking so i would suggest a new doctor. don't go off in a huff though. you need this doctor to get your chart and it is always better to leave on a good note if possible. good luck and i hope the situation works its way out for you one way or another. i had a double laminectomy and it took me well over 6 months for me to really start feeling better and doing things on my own. it is now to late to do anything but move forward about the incision. you should be on pain meds for a while longer and that should be your call. as you start to feel better you won't even want them. please take it easy on yourself and realize you had a major surgery. insist on the care you feel you need and don't stop till you get it. Jenny :)
  • Thank you for your feedback, The only thing is that this is a workers compensation case. The doctors treat you totally different and never want to talk to you in private. When you use personal coverage the doctors treat you better. Has anyone experienced the WC torchure!!! I am trying to be patient but your whole world falls apart with the stress and pain and not knowing how long recovery will take. Are there any other effective pain meds out there better that percs? This surgery made me worse and I know you are really supposed to face reality and accept that the back will never be the same, however i feel my syptoms are worst than when i went into surgery. My original pain was siatic nerve and now I have back scar tissue and muscle damage. Where do you go from here?
  • I also deal with work comp :T :T :T :T .
    It is horrible I know!!!! Are they paying you while you are recovering? I would for sure find another doctor if you are not doing better, or in a lot more pain. It is so scarey, I am also headed in the direction of surgery :''( :''( .

    I know that there are many doctors that will see people with wc cases. Where are you located?
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  • what they give does not compare to the income i was bringing in. I also am not able to return to the kind of work i do. If I reherniated means i would have to get another laminectomy or fusion? This is my only decision it only gets worst untill you have a fusion i guess. I am waiting to see the doc this week, just too had another mri with contrast.Tiered of mri,xrays,emg's on top of the pain they flood you with radiation. What do you do to stop flare ups or muscle spazams I also have a cracking sound behind my lower back and hip. Sorry to burden you with all my problems but talking to people that are going thru it makes more sence and more support than someone who hasn't lived it yet. HElp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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