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  • I have just had revision surgery to investigate the severe pain in my lower back and down my left leg. My L5/S1 nerve root was impinged between a herniation and a cyst. I almost had to beg the surgeon for this operation as the MRI scan did not show the herniation in fact it did not show much of anything was so my surgeon said.

    Since February I have had facet joint injections at L4/L5, L5/S1, I have had two cordial epidurals and have had a cyst drained at L5/S1.

    My MRI scans were the discussion of a orthopedic surgery team at a well-known teaching hospital. My surgeon insisted on a second opinion (when last did you hear a surgeon wanting a second opinion) before he agreed to this exploratory surgery. Everybody said it was too risky and the chances were that they would exacerbate my condition. Four days on and the early signs are great the severe pain in my left side has gone it's like someone has flipped the switch.
    I still have neuropathic pain in my right side with numbness and muscle weakness left over from a previous failed operation.I now just hope that I can recover without any of the left side symptoms returning. I am however aware that I might scar up again and that the DDD will progress, but for now I just enjoy the relief of having respite from the pain.

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