In 2010 had l4-5 & l5-s1 microdiscectomy.
Five years later I have started to have random bouts of pain very similar to the sharp pains I would used to get in the affected area.
Had MRI done and there's some protrusion on the l5-s1 disc with some arthritis/spurs on the facet (or lamina).
After seeing neurologist after the MRI he says it doesn't look like I need surgery, need to stretch, strengthen my core and lose some lb's. Recommended a pain management doc.
Saw him today and he mentioned the arthritis but also that what I was feeling was the pain from the scar tissue, not the 2-3" visible scar on my back but more of the inside, deep in there near the nerves and vertebrae.
He informed me that they can tighten up and they may "wrap around the nerve" thus causing the pain. It can be a mix of both, the spurs and the scar tissue, but by my symptoms he's going with the tissue.
I have no sciatica pain as before the surgery (thank God), and the pain is contained to just on the surgery area and the pain can radiate to either right or left side (upper buttocks). The pain is also not constant, right now I am perfectly fine. I do get up stiff in the mornings and sometimes from sitting too long (work). Lifting some things (even with proper form there could be a discomforting pain).
I have never head or read of this scar tissue pain, either long time before my surgery, by any doctor or by the neurosurgeon that performed the surgery.
Has anyone else had such pain and been diagnosed as a possible cause of the scar tissue?
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