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Post op Microdiscectomy (Surgery 7/10/13)



  • edited 11/25/2013 - 7:08 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. To tell you the truth I don't know what I would do without this site, besides bad mouthing my surgeon. I know when the pain gets serious we want to raise a fist against the person that cuts us open. But most of the time they did their best. I'm sorry you had to go through a second surgery. Please share your journey along the way. I know it would take me a lot of convincing for me to go through another one, since I'm now having second thoughts about my first one.

    Well here's the update:

    My second MRI was done ...(even though I do have a small cyst on my right side) to my surprise I did not re-herniate anything. I even got a second opinion. My surgeon said there's a lot of scarring. And I just started seeing a pain specialist (my second opinion) and she said she can see a lot of scar tissue rubbing against the nerve. Hence the continous pain. She also brought up that I might have a nerve abnormality as well (2 in 1 type nerves) Which would not be surprising since both my parents have had back and neck problems almost their whole lives as well. And that nerve abnormality term seems quite familiar, maybe something a dentist told me. She said scar tissue is all normal and pain from it normal as well. She said I might have re-aggrevated the nerve from the PT and she would like to see it heal naturally which can take up to several months. She wants to hold off on the epidural for now. So I'm fine with that as long as that is what it is. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    Now on with the pain management:

    I thought the pain specialist would help me in this area since this is her expertise but she said she can't treat me (prescribe me anything) unless I agree for random drug tests. Which I'm fine with. I told her I don't take street drugs, but then she started putting marijuana in the category of street drugs. So I started to laugh (I live in California where Medical Marijuana is accepted, regulated and not frowned upon) and I told her I acquire my medication legally, it's for my insomnia, but mostly for my back pain. And this is something I'll never forget ...she said she couldn't treat me, be my doctor, or prescribe me medications unless I stopped taking my all natural medication which does not harm the liver and has no physical addiction. She said her license could be taken away. That was so absurd just to hear that. I respect her as a person for saying that, But I can never respect a doctor for recommending that. I'm like fine I don't need percocet that bad. Why do doctors make you feel like junkies when they are the ones that offering something worse for your body. A drug test from someone that was willing to give me morphine ...oh but marijuana, for gods sakes no. Some of these doctors, I know their just trying to protect their job ...but geez, that's about as professional as a drug dealer on the corner.

    I'm sorry it's just I have been in more pain ever since my surgery and the more doctors I see, the more they remind me of children. For every minute I experience pain I imagine a chimp in a doctors outfit withholding epidurals and pain meds. I can really careless about the narcotic medicine. But just the idea of drug testing someone that fits the criteria of someone that needs to be on heavy duty pain medicine, just so they can force me from stop using an all natural alternative medication which works is so backwards. lmao. I feel bad for the other states. And I do say this for doctors to improve their profession. If I was an addict I can find Oxy on the street, why would I go to the doctor for something that's as easy to find as advil. Oh, but if I acquire medical pot legally from my other doctor all of a sudden I'm a bad guy. And I say this with a smile. I'm actually quite grateful with the doctors I have and the state I live in. It's just sometimes you have to laugh at the evolved apes. lol.
  • Dawnylou68DDawnylou68 Posts: 46
    edited 11/27/2013 - 11:48 PM
    Hi there
    I can apprecaite what you are saying especially with regards to the pot as it really helps.
    I tried to return to work end July but was in agony and it didn't work out. I've just had a MRI , waited a long time and see the surgeon on 10/12/13.
    I think I've reherniated but who really knows so just got to wait. Every step is painful although I still do it as exercise is supposed to be good for you lols.
    I'm on 100mg of Tramadol 4 times daily and some days have to have a codeine before bed else the pain will keep me awake. I'm at my wits end with it all and really have had no life this year at all. We have had to sell our home as I'm not getting paid anymore and now renting. We are in so much debt it's untrue and still I'm no better so god only knows what my future holds. Counting down the days till I find out what has been the cause of all the pain.
    My pain is mainly in my left butt cheek and hip but does go down my leg as well . Also still get pins and needles in foot too. When I'm tired it goes right across my lower back and is awful. I just hope there is something they can do for me so I can at least work part time( desk job aggravates back problems)
    Reading your posters on here today have made me realise I'm not the only one. When I was on here a few months ago the ones who had surgery around same time are all ok now it seems just me lagging along still!
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  • Dawnylou68DDawnylou68 Posts: 46
    edited 12/10/2013 - 9:58 PM

    Hi all
    If you read previous posts I had a DISCETOMY in April this year but Im still in great deal of pain, can't work etc

    I have had 2 MRI's one with dye injected, contrast I think it's called. I've today seen my consultant/surgeon and she has put me on a 100 day course of antibiotics.
    I came home and googled antibiotics for lower back pain as she had advised and there it was, guess I'm some kind of guinea pig in the continuing fight to cure the pain we suffer and I would try anything right now.... I will update in a few days as to how it is progressing.

    All the best Dawn

  • Pain WillI Am A 49 Year Old Female Who Is Worried. Had Left Sided Microdiskectomy 2 WeeKs Ago And The Pain Is worse Thanbefore Surgery. Sciatica In Left buttcheek Is Sharp, Back Of Left Leg Hurts, And Foot Is Numb And Cold On Left Outside.
    Cant Stand more Than 5 Minutes before Pain Gets unbearable And I Have To Sit Down. SitE Is A Little Swollen And Tender. Called Dr. And He Upped My Neurotin And Gave Me Steroids. The Only Restrictions He Initially Gave Me Was No Lifting Over 5 Or 10 Pounds And I Could Go Back To Work (Office Job) Immediately. I Worked One Day And Did Well But I Seriously Doubt I Can Handle Re. I Ride Motorcycles, As A Passenger, And I'm Worried ThiS Horrible Pain WilL Limit Me. I May Be OverreactinG But The Pain Was Supposed To Go Away,Not GeT Unbearable. Help Me.
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