I have been a member for a while but have not posted in the last two months. I was trying to stay positive and not read too much into my lack of recovery
I am not just over 4 months PO from a minimally invasive decompression of L3/4/5. I had forminal stenosis and two bulged discs.
Sadly I have never appreciated pain relief following surgery. I still have most of the pre-surgery pain and some odd new stuff. To say I feel defeated is an understatement. At time I can honestly say I don't know if I can handle this. I had pinned so much hope on this surgery. I am 43 years old and prior to this disaster I was in incredible health and shape.
My pre surgery symptoms were numbness in my left big toe, sciatic pain in both legs, hips and groin, foot pain, calf pain ect, Riding or driving the car was the worst. Also when I would lie down by butt would go numb.
Now I still have the sciatic pain (mainly in my thighs), both of my feet will fall asleep when I am seated longer than 15 minutes, I still have occasional toe numbness, the front of my thighs and calves sometimes feels like it has sunburn on it, I get calf pains, when I am seated my butt goes numb, on occasion I get strange quick electric shock feelings in my legs, sometimes it feels like my legs are jittery (they don't move) I get odd pins and needles on occasion too. My leg muscles are also often tight. If I stand too long (like at a party) my legs feel so sore I could cry.
I had another MRI last month that showed "scarring and or granulation tissue extending into the neural foramina producing mild forminal stenosis" on L3/4/5
L3/4 broad bulge partial effacement of the thecal sac noted. L4/5 broad bulge and a shallow left posterolateral protrusion partially effacing the vental thecal sac.
I have the post op report and it says nothing about the discs bulges being touched when I had discussed that with the surgeon. I was under the impression he was going to treat those as well as the stenosis.
I had my surgery in Florida but am now back home in PA (we live in Florida for the winters) and I'm at a loss. My surgeon, who seemed great with you in the beginning, is not helping at all. I keep getting the secretary who told me that he said I reherniated and need a fusion. ???? I'm not sure how I could have reherniated when there is nothing in my post op report about disc's being touched and my surgery was for stenosis. She also blamed it on me saying I did too much after surgery. All I did was walk. No lifting ect, I did ride in the car after a few days.... but they never said not to do that!
Now they say don't walk? When all I heard was to stay mobile.
I did attend PT for a few weeks as well (again, at the direction of the DR). They said I need an injection. I tried that presurgery and it made my sciatic pain worse:( They say its now chemical ridiculopthy! Has anyone heard of this?
I've asked about the scar tissue to both the surgeon, PT and a rehab DR and have gotten several different answers. Not sure if that is the causes of the pain or not. Or could it still be the disc's and they missed it? Could the nerves still be healing (they were compressed about 15 months while I tried every non invasive treatment)?
I'm up for any input, stories of success ect. I'm so distressed. I feel like I will never have my life back again.
Sorry for the ramble. I'm not having a great day.
I appreciate everyone's time.