It's now 5 wks after my Lumbar Decompression. The pain is still as bad as it was before, the only difference is that now pain pills will ease the pain for about 3 hrs., then I have to take more pain meds. Before surgery, nothing eased the pain. I had 3 bulging disk and 2 herniated disk. I also have degenerative disk disease, plus osteoarthritis. My surgeon says that instead of herniating on the inside, mine herniated on the outside. He says this happens in 1 out of 100 cases. He says that the pain is still there because he had to disturb all the nerves and they have to heal. I've started PT, and it helps for about 30 min. max. Has anyone heard disk herniating on the outside and is there light at the end of the tunnel. He said that if there isn't improvement in 30 days, he's going to do a mylogram to see if there is another nerve compressed. I really don't want that. I sympathize with all that are in pain. I am so tired of it that I don't know what to do. To top it all off, prior to the back problems, I was told that I needed knee replacements on both knees. I've had previous surgeries on both knees. I'm 56 yrs. old and would like to think that I have good years left. I'm beginning to wonder. I recently filed for disability, which I've heard that everyone is denied first time. Since I can't work, I'm slowly going under. I think my children avoid talking to me because they don't like to see me in pain, and that's the norm now. Any advice from anyone out there. One more thing, I've been on meds for depression since 2002, when my husband passed away at the age of 52. He lived 28 days after a heart transplant. Any suggestions and is it that unusual for a disk herniation to be on the outside. If anyone understands what my MRI says in layman terms, please let me know.
MRI: 10-29 08
1. Degenerative Disk disease with left Lateral 4-5mm HNP at L4-5 into neural foramina along with facet arthropathy, creates considerable left L4 and L5 nerve root compromise and foraminal narrowing.
2. Left paracentral and left lateral 3-4 mm potrusion at L3-4 with bilateral facet arthropathy, creates compression of the left side of the thecal sac, as well as left L4 nerve root and foraminal compromise.
3. Bilateral posterolateral protrusions at L5-S1, most prominently on the right, with bilateral facet arthropathy, creates some right sided foraminal narrowing without central canal stenosis
4. Central Disk potrusions at T11-12, L1-2 and L2-3.