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Scar Tissue Help

paul77ppaul77 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Chronic Pain
4 years ago I had a L4/5 disectomy. Since then I have led a normal life returning to work, playing golf etc etc. The operation left me with scar tissue but I have never had any problems over the last 3-4 years. In December last year I fell very heavily at my business. I appeared to be ok and as it was the week before I closed for the xmas period everything seemed ok. By the first week in January I started to get a very deep throbbing pain in my lower left back area. I reopened my shop and tried to work but my back became very uncomfortable with this throbbing pain. I decided to take 2 weeks off and rest further. My symptoms got worse and I started to get burning pins and needles in my left foot, kind of exploding shooting pains down my leg and numbness. I went to the docs and he sent me for an mri. The MRI showed a disc protuding, and I was told to rest. Symptoms got even worse and I was starting to struggle walking as my left leg/foot was going numb, and bedtime is a nightmare as the pain seems to be more severe when I lie down? I went back to work but ended up in A&E as I could hardly walk. Anyway, after a further MRI with Contrast, my spinal surgeon has decided that it isn't a protuding disc at all, but the scar tissue from my previous operation resting on nerves, and that he considered an operation not worth it as it could do more damage than good. OK, now the questions I wanna ask and would love for some help and advice if possible: 1)Is it possible like my surgeon suggests that the trauma of the fall I had moved/dislodged the scar tissue? 2)I am awaiting a 2nd opinion but am I seriously kinda like not gonna be able to work again? How bad is this gonna get? All he says is "its a pure case of pain management" thats all we can do". I am only 49 and have worked all my life. To be told theres nothing he can do for me is kinda hard to believe.
I would greatly appreciate any help form you guys.
Many thanks for taking the time to read my post.


  • I have no real answers for you but to suggest that a second set of eyes may be beneficial.

  • Paul,i have the excact same problem,l-4-5 failed fusion,failed scs,failed injections,iam back in therapy,this all happened in 1993 work related.my lower legs are really giving me problems numb,painful to touch painful to walk the dr says scar tissue if he takes it out may be paralized.
    just take percocet,butrans patch. Rick
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    Hi Paul, and welcome to S.H. I haven't been on here for a long time. As I needed a break, due too depression.I have scar tissue problems Pulling on nerves. (as well as many other problems)
    I think getting the second opinion is a great idea.
    As for how long this will last and will you ever be able to work again. It's tricky, no one knows.
    Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.
    If pain management is advised by both experts. You'll be referred to a pain management Dr. Who can tackle the pain problem from a lot of different angles. Pills, SCS unit, injections, a pain pump that delivers any kind of med the pain Dr. thinks will help you the most. And lastly, witch should have been first, Physical therapy. It's a learning process.
    With the long journey that I have been on. I think I would go with my first decision, witch my family talked me out of. A Pain pump.
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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