I need some advice and help, and was wondering if anyone has been through something similar to what I am going through.
I am 34 years old, 6'4" and have had 3 surgeries on my back and all of them at L5-S1. The 1st was a Microdiscectomy in 8/2009, 2nd was a PLIF in 10/2010, and the 3rd was a redo of the fusion with bone material taken from my right hip in 4/2013.
Before my last surgery I was having radiculopathy into the right hip and down the right leg, and my Dr said that I never completely fused at the site. After doing the 3rd surgery I am now in worse shape than I was before it. The Dr says that I have fused nicely, the screws are in good positions, good spacing, but I am still in chronic pain. I have been taking Tramadol, Vicoprofen, and Gabapentin for 1 year now.
When I reached 6 months post op my Dr had me do a EMG, x-ryas, and MRI and said everything is fine and referred me to pain management. 4 months ago my new Dr sent me to physical therapy, and made no progress what so ever.
Just recently he ordered another EMG and I had it done yesterday, 4/22/2014. The Dr that performed the EMG said that as far as a pinched nerve everything is good, but... The Dr said that I have atrophy of the nerve itself, like it is not getting enough nutrition or something.
What I'm going through has me worried and concerned now. I have a constant aching pain in the outside part of my right calf, constant pain in my right hip in the front near the groin, and constant pain in my low back. When My wife puts the Analgesic cream on my back she has to be careful when rubbing it in on/near the incision at the right hip, that site is still extremely sensitive and the slightest pressure is extremely painful. Also when applying the cream along the nerve route at the buttock it is extremely painful if any pressure is applied there as well. When I stand up I cannot use my right leg to support me or it will collapse, when standing I can only do so for approximately 10 minutes before my back and my right leg start spasming and hurting. I am constant pain even with all the medications, over 500 pills every month.
I see my pain management Dr in 2 weeks to go over the new EMG results. But nothing is looking promising to me to be able to get back to a semi decent normal relatively pain free life. If anyone knows what I can look forward to or knows about my condition please let me know that you have done or what I can do.
Thank you and keep trudging on.