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Sciatic pain returned after L5-S1 microdiscectomy

michellemorganmmichellemorgan Posts: 1
edited 06/29/2015 - 3:34 PM in Recovering from Surgery
hi everyone, i'm new here posting wise but i have been reading the forums for quite some time now. i will tell you a little about my situation. i fell in november 2013 at my job over some equipment. i ended up in the er 2 times due to back pain. my job didn't want me to go through workers comp because they said it would increase their insurance premiums and would pay my bills out of pocket. i honestly thought i'd heal and never be going through what i'm going through today. i found out i was pregnant 2 weeks after i fell. i remained in pain but couldn't get any diagnostics done for obvious reasons. my sciatic pain started right after the back pain dissipated and progressively got worse and worse. i didn't know if it was related to pregnancy or the fall. i always felt it was the fall because i wasn't even big when i started feeling the sciatic pain (1 month pregnant it started). i saw physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists all through the last half of my pregnancy. nothing was helping. i gave birth in august 2014 to a beautiful and healthy baby boy. the birth was the most excruciating thing i have ever felt. 22 1/2 hours of labor...i had 4 epidurals and nothing was working for the pain. the doctors were shocked and said i was the loudest epidural patient the hospital has ever seen. after i gave birth i was hoping the sciatic pain would go away. it didn't. i couldn't hold my son, couldn't walk still without horrifying pain that would go into my leg and make my foot go numb. i wanted to cut my leg off. my mother came to pick me and my son up to take care of us until we figured out what was happening. i couldn't return to work so i decided to file for workers comp since the doctor told me this is probably related to my fall and not pregnancy. it took months before an mri was approved. in the meantime they put me through hellish pt that was absolutely excruciating and showed zero improvement. i finally had the proper mri done and it showed a huge herniated disc at l5-s1. for the last year now i have been laying on a sofa, unable to take care of myself or my son. my mom has done everything practically. i refused any pain medication because i wanted to breastfeed my son and i'm happy i did. finally i got approved for surgery through workers comp. i had it june 8 2015. it has been exactly 3 weeks. i was so excited to get this taken care of. after surgery i was in horrible pain and stayed in the hospital for 2 days. the surgical site pain lasted about a week and then i had a breakthrough with the pain. 2 days after surgery i walked with a walker and had no pain in my leg or hip at all. 3 days after i started feeling twinges in my calf and numbness in my foot. the pain in my calf got worse and worse. walking was very difficult with this pain...it felt like i had a golf ball lodged in my calf and like i tore a muscle. about 9 days post surgery the sciatica crept back. i'm 3 weeks out and i have no pain in my back whatsoever but my sciatica returned, my calf hurts and my heel hurts. sitting hurts worse than standing now and any wrong move my sciatic nerve sends a crippling shock down my leg. i had 25% of my disc removed. my surgeon ordered an mri with contrast so i'm waiting for workers comp to approve it. he said i might need a fusion and that my pain isn't normal. i'm hoping i didn't reherniate. i'm just so scared and don't know what to think anymore. workers comp insurance is trying to fight paying me for lost time at work and trying to blame my pregnancy even though i had pain way before i was even showing signs of being pregnant. my life went from amazing to utter crap in a split second. thank god for my son...he is what keeps me going. this chronic pain for 20 months now has really gotten to me. painkillers did nothing after surgery. they just make me feel like i'm in a fog. i'm hoping the sciatic pain i'm feeling is just from swelling. thanks to everyone for posting their stories. it has helped me gather some really useful info and not lose complete hope. next step is the mri! mommy needs some good news!

welcome to spine-health

one of the most important things that need members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - when did this first start? . year, your age, etc
- was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)
  • . which doctor did you start with? ie primary care physician . who are you currently seeing?
- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?
  • . physical therapy . ultrasound / tens unit . spinal injections . acupuncture . massage therapy
- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)
  • . summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . how many different tests have you had over the years? similar results?
- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
  • . name of medication . how long have you been using this? . results
- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)
- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

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  • - analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie mri, ctscan, xray, etc)- medical advice of any kind- recommendations in terms of medications, treatments, exercises, etc

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you should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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please try not to post with all your words and sentences without any breaks. it makes it very hard to read

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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 06/29/15 21:36 est
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