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When will I get back to normal?




    So I saw the spine specialist. Told him I'm having pain radiating into my hips,(walking, sitting or lying) when I lie down it hurts like crazy until it settles for a minute or so. When I sneeze or cough sciatic pain just in my butt for a few seconds. The pain in my lower back feels like it never healed. Cant do normal housework for very long or it hurts like crazy (picking things up off floor/gardening etc) My second laminectomy surgery was 3-4 months ago.

    He told me to keep going to PT and that should help with the pain...that was it.

    Okay, so a few weeks later, now i'm having numbness and tingling in my right leg/foot and now left TOE?? It comes and goes through out the day. I called and asked for an MRI, I'm scheduled to have one on Monday.

    Any new ideas? Could it be nerve impingement like EMS Guy said above? Would that show on an MRI? I am not fused, could this be why?

    I'm just really frustrated and feel like I'm being blown off by the dr's.

  • I just read this entire thread, and I'm confused. I didn't see (note I said see, because I can be blind sometimes!) anything about a fusion, only a laminectomy. Did you have a fusion?

    If so, we are a bit alike, I am not showing any sign of bone growth (fusion) either. I have the pain when I lie down and move, then HORRIBLE pain when I get up from laying down. (curious, if you wake up in the morning after at least 4 hours, do you still have pain? I don't most of the time.) Also the radiating pain in my hip, and the pain in the bottom when I sneeze/cough. My surgeon still scratches his head about the pain while laying. However, my PM (thinking I was hyperalgesic) took me off all pain meds and we stumbled onto neruontin, which helped the hip pain and headaches (from my neck problems) and even my elbow pain. When I asked the surgeon why this would work, they said I have nerve damage...

    For some, it's a never ending quest to find that remedy with a great big question mark over it (World of Warcraft reference, sorry :p ) that will help you live a semi-normal life.

    Do you have a Physiatrist/PM? If not, you may want to request a referral. Also, are you on anything like neurontin or lyrica? Do you use ice and/or heat regularly? Are you permitted to take ibuprofen, and if so, are you utilizing it's awesome capacity to lower swelling?

    I sure hope you can find relief soon!

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  • It's hard to say what's causing your new symptoms. It could be nerve irritation or inflammation because nerves can take up to 2 years. Hopefully it isn't being compressed anymore. I heard that you can get symptoms like this from the nerve regenerating itself post surgically. Only your doctor can find out for sure.

    I don't know what normal is either because I didn't progress like I should. I reherniated L4-5 after a microdiscectomy and I wound up having a fusion later on.

    Remember that spine surgery is major and you don't heal right away like you would after an appendectomy, etc. It takes a long time to completely recover from one. I hope nothing serious shows up on your MRI and you continue to get better. Hang in there..
  • Thank you whyme and meydey for your replies! I appreciate them!

    Whyme: I haven't had a fusion only 2 laminectomys on the Same spot. I am so sorry you feel so awful. It makes me feel bad for complaining about my aches and pains. I guess everyone does have so many different issues that come up, their own stories. I don't wake up in the mornings from the pain like you do but that radiating pain into your hip area is awful! I guess I'll just wait until Monday to see what the MRI says. I am taking mobic for my rheumatoid arthritis ( long acting anti inflammatory) and will try more ice / heat . Im not sure if ive tried neurontin? Ill have to check that out. Take care, I hope you find some more relief soon!
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