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Was my Neurologist right

This is my story.

Starting back almost three years ago I was getting burning pains down my left leg. I went to my primary doctor, He had me get a mri and found I had a herniated disc in my lower back. So I started getting injections.
Two weeks after my theird one I was moving some equipment at work and all of a sudden I got the most intense burning pain in my left thigh.
Within two hours my middle torso and left leg went completely numb. Went to the emergency room they did a mri and told me to go to a spine specialist.
He told be my numb leg had nothing to do  with my herniated disc and sent me to a neurologist. He did every test you could think of at one point had me diagnosed with CIPD.
He could not find a answer so sent me to another neurologist I waited four months to see, every test you could think of  nothing.

I told her I was going to go see a brain and spine specialist. She told me good luck. So I went to see them he wanted to do a level three fusion on my lower back but my insurance would only ok a level one which I had done two months ago.  my leg and torso are still numb the burning pain is worse than ever. 
Was the neurologist right ? No one can really tell me exactly what caused this. I keep getting told it will take time for the nerves to heal.
The pain has me so depressed it's unreal and I don't know how much longer I can hold on to my job. Two years later still in pain and you really can't tell someone how the pain feels they will never know.



  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 09/24/2016 - 4:39 PM


    It could be the fusion fixed your problem and the nerves are still healing.  But it also could be that the surgery didn't resolve anything... especially since your doctor said you needed a three level fusion and only one level was done.   An MRI gives quite a detailed image of your spinal region and a good spine specialist should most likely be able to see what is causing your pain.  I'm a bit surprised so many doctors have seen your imaging and are throwing up their arms.  If I was in your shoes I would continue to seek out a specialist who is truly interested in resolving your problem... and to whom you can relate to and have confidence in.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Many times after a surgery, when the pain is persistent  the surgeon will refer patient to pain management.
    Usually any pain medication given by surgeon is for short amount of time.

    Under pain management, not only will they try to take edge off pain, he may perform other tests to see if they can get closer to the issue of continued and or intense pain.

    I saw my primary doctor two years before she referred me to pain management. Best thing for me!
    He was able to cut my pain in half. He did many tests to find the issues. I've never been a candidate for surgery.

    Curoius....if your surgeon told you that you needed level three fusion, but you only had one level......did your surgeon say how that may effect your spine? Any additional issues that could develop by not doing all three level?

    Please, when telling your doctor all your symptoms and responses to treatments, please include you're feeling depressed. It's not unusual after such an ordeal you had and are still dealing with.
    It doesn't have to be a forever thing, just for transition, but many times antidepressants can also,help with the pain.
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