I was operated on a week ago and the surgeon performed a microdiscectomy on L5-S1 and a laminotomy on L4-L5 and was convinced he created an ample amount of room for the nerve roots. When I woke from the surgery, I was immediately concerned that it didnt work because I was still in the same preoperative pain, and I had heard from about a dozen people with the same surgery that the pain is gone when you wake up. Mine was not. After 2 days following the surgery, the pain was very intense and the surgeon was hoping it was inflammation of the nerves as they were being crushed. He ordered me an epidural for both nerve roots to speed up the healing process and after 6 days following he epidural, the pain has still not been reduced. I can lay down and sit in a chair in limited pain, but once I walk around for more than 3 minutes, the pain down my right leg from my buttocks to my calf is very intense 8/9. I finally took a vicodin yesterday after walking for about 5 minutes in a store and the pain got too bad. I've avoided pain killers otherwise and have tried to stay in positions that are generally less painful such as laying or sitting.
Since the epidurals didnt work, the doctor is ordering another MRI next week to see what might have changed or moved during surgery. I did hear from his PA that material kept flowing out of my disk during surgery so maybe it didnt stop and is still sitting on the nerve.
our course is to review the new MRI and the decide on a 2nd surgery if we find disc fragments or continued nerve impingement that wasnt cleared up the first time.
Any other thoughts? the dozen or so people I talkd with before the surgery all said they woke up feeling no pain, and had to really push themselves to take it easy the first 6 weeks because they felt back to normal for the first time in months. Even my surgeon rarely has cases like me and he was racking his brain yesterday trying to see what he cuold have done differently ro what could have gone wrong. right now, the MRI will show us what it is, and the plan, depending on that, will be do go in a 2nd time in the next two weeks to get out the stuff taht's still compessing the nerves.
Any other ideas, experiences, questions I should be asking shoudl be greatly appreciated. the surgeon is well known at the teaching hospital UCI and everyone speaks real highly of him and his expertise. he seems very interested in gettng me back to health but also lacks ideas prior to getting the next MRI.