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Can anyone advise on second L5-S1 surgery recovery?
Newbie here - I've done some digging but haven't seen very much on this topic, so I thought I'd see if there's anyone else in the same boat.
I'd been having issues for years, seeing chiro/massage and getting some short term relief, until New Year's Eve 2009. I was in a lot of pain but managed to struggle to the chiro - he told me I should seek a surgical consult as there was nothing else he could do for me. Very upsetting! Went home, lay down, and several hours later was completely seized up - had to call the ambulance to come get me. We spent NYEve in Emerg (there's a party), next day MRI, then the morphine & Jell-O diet until I could get surgery on Jan 4th. Had an L5-S1 minimally invasive micro-discectomy, discharged on the 6th, spent 4 weeks at home and RTW half time in Feb, full time in March.
In mid-May I started feeling a different kind of pain - this started off as more of a "hamstring pull" in the left (same) leg, but got worse until I ended up in Emerg at the end of June. This time the MRI showed the same disc had re-herniated (I'm one of the lucky 5%)and my neuro decided to do a laminectomy at L5-S1 - there wasn't enough "virgin tissue" to try the micro again.
From June to August I've been on naproxen, morphine & cyclobenzaprine just to keep sane, but unable to work.
Surgery was done Aug 19 and I'm relatively pleased...but concerned that the "hamstring pull" seems to be back. The surgery site pain is fine, the nerve and muscle spasms seem to be calming down (thank God), but I haven't been able to quit the naproxen - taking that and Advil.
I know it's really early days yet, I realize I've got so little to worry about compared to some folks here, but I'm hoping that there's someone in a similar situation who can advise how long it took them to recover from a second surgery to the same site.
Thanks all...happy to have found this site!