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Radiofrequency-L5/S1 Nerve Roots- FBSS- Questions?
That is one of my original posts. 5 weeks post op from 2nd back surgery in one year for l5 s1 disc. Butt pain from surgeries. Lower Back through butt. feels like exactly where my disc is and goes half way down my butt. constant ache, weak/numbness feeling, burning on fire.
3/21/12- Microdisectomy L5 S1- unsuccessful, continued leg/back pain in both legs and start of butt pain and increased left leg pain lower half behind the knee and down to foot.
4/23/13- Decompression and Stabilization L5/S1 with 2 titanium rods and 4 titanium screws
Surgeon said he found nerve compression and touched a nerve during surgery, my left leg shot up into the air. He said he freed the nerve on the left side and only went on right side to put the hardware in cause right side looked okay. Both my legs and butt pain for sitting more then 1 minute was unbearable. the sitting part has stayed like that 5 weeks out. Both of my legs are about the same amount of pain i was in before the 2nd surgery but a little bit worse. at times- muchhhhh worse. This is a renowned surgeon in NYC. He really wants to truly help me. most amazing doctor i have ever met or seen. He truly wants to see me get better. He said he is thinking maybe the disc is too far gone and we can only do a fusion at this point. He wont do the artificial disc because im so young and 6% chance it would make me sterile. He says he will not be responsible for that chance of it happening. I'm so scared and i dont know what my options are?
Pain for a month after was worse then ever. went through a break up because of it as well.
Now trying to stay positive but everyday its harder and harder.
Im 25 years old. and have already lost a year and half of my life to this chronic pain. I'm still out of work for 6 weeks now. Got the OKAY from my job to be out 2-3 more months if need be. They are very amazing and understanding with my conditions.
My question is, i spend hours/day researching on this forum and others looking for things I can try to do before getting a fusion as my surgeon is saying is next. Most of my pain that is unbearable is in my entire butt, left leg skips over the thigh, sciatica pain starts behind kneecap down to toes now, right leg skips over the thigh, same pain behind kneecap and down to half of foot, (foot pain in right leg started after this 2nd surgery 6 weeks ago).... I'm wondering about radiofrequency, maybe getting the nerves burned to relieve butt/leg pain.
I'm at the end of my rope here. Hit rock bottom 3 weeks ago. I'm going out of my MIND!!
Please any opinions/input would be greatly appreciated.