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Laminctomy pain for 17 years.

MarchvetMMarchvet Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:00 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a laminctomy of L5 S1 in 1995 while in the army. After getting out in 1996, I had my back swell up from sitting in a hard chair all day(work training).

I had never experienced this type of pain before and went back to see the doc. He said it as nothing and I would be fine.

Jump forward to today and I still have the same problem. If I over reach/bend down or something similar, my lower back muscles will tighten up and I will feel a electric shock in that area. Depending on how bad it happens, I may pass out from the pain.

The docs have had me on every known pain med, pool & physical therapy there is. These episodes used to happen maybe once or twice a year, but it seems after my fall bladder surgery in may/2010 it happens every few months.

Started to see a acupuncture doc Last week and had two sessions. Today I felt my back start to swell after simply sweeping the floor and decided to lay in bed before it got worse.

I am a 43 year old male. This same problem has really bothered me all here years and I'm constantly living in fear thinking "ok if I do this will my back flare up?".

I'm at my end on what to do. A recent visit to a neurosurgeon revealed nothing after a full neck to lower back MRI. He stated I needed to see a pysiologist(sp) as it appeared to be more muscle related.

From spending years dealing with this I think the muscles were weakened from the laminctomy, but how do I strengthen them without causing swelling and leaving me unable to walk for weeks?


  • After doing more research online, someone mentioned "lumbar facet syndrome". The symptoms sound eerily familiar.

    Maybe this could be the answer after 17 years. I have a appointment in a few weeks and will mention it to my doc. Afterwards I plan on using this thread to update things so others in the future will have a reference.

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