Aside from the obvious (repeat MRI), how do I know if I re-herniated?
I guess I should give you a brief rundown. Had a two-level thoracic discectomy (posterior) in July, lots and lots of pain afterwards, repeat MRI showed multiple herniations on the other side but NS wanted to wait to see what happened. Then dx'd with ankylosing spondylitis in November and started on Prednisone for now, until I start treatment. I actually go to the rheumatologist tomorrow to discuss what medication I'll be taking...likely Enbrel or Simponi.
Anyway....in the meantime the pain on the other side is about 95% better. I was initially on Neurontin and then Lyrica, neither of which did anything for me, except cause me to gain 20 lbs. The Prednisone added another 10 on top of that. Well, I finally decided I wanted to work on getting into shape in order to manage the symptoms of the AS, which means losing weight. I have begun eating healthier and started exercising. I am doing all cardio, but nothing too strenuous. I modify a lot of the activities so as not to do too much twisting, and I am being careful of my posture.
Earlier this evening, I began noticing some pain on the side I had my operation on. I rode the exercise bike for about 45 minutes and went to the store to pick up milk. As the night has progressed, the pain on that side has intensified. It is not, by any means, unbearable, but definitely a nuisance. It hurts to cough, sneeze, lift, bend...basically anything I do hurts. I came home and took a Flexeril and an Oxy, both of which I haven't taken in forever...at least not for my back. Occasionally if my joint pain gets bad, from the AS, I'll take an Oxy, but it's very infrequently. I plan to give it a few days and see what happens. I think I'll hold off on doing anymore exercising until I see what happens. But naturally my first thought was what if I re-herniated.
Thoughts? Advice? Insight?