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3 Months Post-Discectomy with Unresolved Leg Pain

metalmike91mmetalmike91 Posts: 8
23 year old male.
I had a laminectomy/discectomy at L4/L5 and L5/S1 on December 30th. My leg pain has not gone away. My surgeon keeps telling me that I just need time for the nerve to heal. Over the last 3 months the pain has gone from slightly improved (compared to before surgery) to extremely painful. I don't know what to do. I'm so tired of living like this. I've had this pain for a year and 4 months now. It's driving me insane. I can't sit without pain, I can't exercise, I can't go a single day without pain killers. I barely sleep at night because no matter what position I lay in, the pain wakes me up all throughout the night. I often think about just taking my own life to end the suffering. I go to see my surgeon for my 3 month follow up on 4/1/2015. If my disc isn't reherniated then what options do I have? Do I have to suffer forever? I've been told a hundred times that it just takes time for nerves to heal, but it isn't healing. It's only getting worse day by day. Someone please help me!


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    ......good you to see your doctor soon.
    Of course you will bring up severe pain and he best at to help you....
    But I wanted to encourage you to also bring up your trouble with sleep. Don't know if he would know if you need help with that or refer you....but I remember when I was going without sleep and that sleep deprivation experience was very crazy making. I was so desperate for sleep and the pain was screaming louder...I didn't think my body could actually continue on another day....I felt totally out of control and out of ideas. I couldn't think straight.

    I was like a broken record and then doc did sleep study and saw..something...anyway ...and medicated me and now when it off kilter, he readjusts dosage.

    I certainly hope doctor is able to realize all your situations and bring you relief soon.
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  • I saw my surgeon on the 1st. He ordered a second MRI (this time with contrast) to make sure nothing is still pinching my sciatic nerve root. I go in for that on the 10th. I may need a second surgery if one of the discs reherniated. If not, he said we could do an EMG test to look for any signs of nerve damage. In a way I'm almost hoping this pain is being caused by reherniation, in hopes that I'll finally have relief once it's decompressed. At least then I would know what's causing me to still have pain instead of constantly worrying and thinking what it could be.
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