I had a laminectomy and microdiscectomy from L3 to S1 in November 2008 and consider it a huge success. For the first time in a long time I was 100% pain free!!!!!! Life was returning to normal, but my Dr warned me the disks in those areas were between 50 to 80 % gone.
Now for the kicker.
Recently the old back started to complain again by getting stiff and sore. I returned to my Dr after an episode where I tried to get out of the car and fell to the ground. It appears as though the nerve(s) controlling my legs motor function took a break. Talk about being scared to death. On the bright side, the pain has rarely gone above a 2 or 3 with maybe a couple exceptions. (Maybe I am still use to the constant 6 - 8 pain level of before
So, another MRI w/contrast later and I was told the disks in my lower back, specifically L4 to S1 have deteriorated to the point of there being bone against bone if I move just right. And it appears as though the initial damage to the spinal cord left some scar tissue there for me to remember it by. (I could have misunderstood that part of what the Dr said as I was still trying to wrap my head around another potential surgery)
The Dr now believes all that is left is a dual fusion (L4/L5, L5/S1).
Being stiff and sore I can live with.. BUT to not be able to stand up every now and again is not a good thing. I am sure someone else has experienced this wonderful addition to their other back problems. It would be nice to know ahead of time what I have to look forward to, as I hate nasty surprises from my back.
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