Its been a while since I checked in....since my last post, I have continued dodgng bullets at work and trying not to get hurt from the students but it's been unavoidable a couple of times, being pulled and twisted, and bruises up and down my legs from a chair being kicked at me, however things are improving and I hope it stays that way!!
I have continued to have low back pain and horrible pain down my left leg again just like before surgery. All the way into my foot, the numbness tingling and pain, it's constant and gets worse as the day progresses. My surgeon says there is no reason for my pain, but I'll always have some degree of pain due to scolliosis and 2 back srgeries and the DDD, so I understand that, he did another steroid injection about a month ago and it really helped initially, it felt like he nailed the pain in my back but within a week all my pain had returned.
I finally decided to follow up with a neurologist, he did a full work up and sent me for a brain MRI, which was normal, and then he performed another EMG and nerve conduction test, he told me that my left leg is abnormal and permanantly damaged from nerve damage and it's chronic, this is it for the rest of my life!! He said he can't tell me when the injury occured but it has and nothing can fix it. My choices are physical therapy, steroid injections (which don't last) and medications. So I just started Gabapentin a few days ago, so far I don't notice any change so I was curious about other peoples experience with this medication is and I am concerned if it causes weight gain?? I have worked hard to loose my weight so I don't want this medication to contribute to putting the weight back on??
My other concern is, do I have to stay on this medication forever? My pain and disabling effects in my left side is permanant, how do you cope with that?
Atleast now I know why I have this pain, and why it never goes away, any advice from others dealing with this side of back problems is appreciated.