Reading through all the latest posts, I can see alot of you are suffering and having some rough spots or recovering from surgeries or scared about their upcoming surgeries, so I just want to say that I will say an extra prayer for all of us here at Spine health and I hope that better days lie ahead.
I too, like many of you have suffered many years of back pain and last year had surgery at L5/S1 (lami/diskectomy) but still continue with pain and sciatica.
After many tests my surgeon has said that he wants to do another decompression surgery and clean it all out. He believes there is some bone irritating the nerves and thinks that once he is in there it will look worse than any test has been able to show due to my symptoms.
My question, which probably seems silly............but I have noticed that my leg pain is increasing more than my back pain, is this caused by the sciatica? I still keep up with my exercises and I can do most movements, and I can bend etc but it causes pain.........always in my left leg. I find that after I have been sitting for a while and I get up to walk that the pain is bad going down the back of my leg and my leg wants to give out and it takes a few minutes of walking to get the pain to ease up and my leg moving normal again, is this common with nerve pain that my leg feels very weak and painful, especially in the back of my knee and my ankle?? I also get alot of tinling in my foot and numbness which I have had for a while but this increased leg pain and lack of stability in my leg is new. Just wondering if its all related??
My low back pain is on my left side, my surgery dealt with a right sided herniation so the left side started after surgery. I have recently started having back pain again on the right side, it produces no leg pain or numbness but has started a bit in the right buttock, so overall I was curious if this means my increasing symptoms could mean my problem is getting more severe?
I have an appointment in 2 weeks with my surgeon to discuss the surgery. I was trying to hold off to do it over summer but my mom is ill and I need to be with her so I need to discuss doing in sooner and try to deal with getting the time off work which won't be easy.
Thanks for listening, everyone here is so wonderful and I am blessed to have found you all and have been a wonderful support group over the last year.