I just found this board. I am a 75 yers old woman with cronic sciatica pain. Having my second epadural tomorrow. 25 years ago, I had a lamanectomy at the L4L5.It was a great success.
Recently have had problems with leg pain and numbness in the left leg. The first epadural in July, helped some, but after PT I felt somewhat normal. Until I went on a 165 mile car ride over Thanksgiving. Have been pain ever since. Doc put me on nurontin, turned me into a zombie. Now I'm finishing up a week on prednisone. Also taking oxicodone.
The ortho doc is reluctant to do any surgery as I have ddd on all levels. Pain mgmt doc is suggesting surgery just at the S1 and L5.
Anyone having that surgery, can you give me some advice about recovery...I live alone, so I am concerned.