In February 2013 I had an L4-5 discectomy and a spinal fusion. Six months after surgery I went back to work where I was required to stand for 8 hours (with a half hour break) with constant bending and climbing a small step ladder. Six months later I was in tremendous pain again. The surgeon said he saw a small tear on the L3-4, but otherwise I looked fine and the fusion had healed nicely.
I was taking vicodin for pain but I started to need it more and more and got concerned so I went to a PM doctor. She prescribed butrans patch and gabapentin. The gabapentin was awful and she told me to stop it. She also ordered a new MRI and we saw that I have a new herniation at L5-S1 (only 6 months later). I had an epidural at the new site which gave little effect and I am scheduled for another. The butrans seemed to do almost nothing so we stopped that and now I am taking Lyrica. The Lyrica is great for the sciatic pain but the pain at the original surgical site has now become horrible. I won't see the doctor again for a few weeks. Should I call and ask for something else? Tylenol, Naproxen and Advil are not helping. Any ideas?