Had posterior neck fusion April, for triple herniated discs, bone spurs and pinched nerves. A year later I guess the neck issues are mostly gone however about a month post-surgery I started getting Neuropathy symptoms and leg pain. You know, the burning skin, tingling, creepy crawly feeling on my whole body skin along with typical sciatic symptoms. The surgeon told me my nerve are coming alive after suffering with this for about 10 years and this should go away in a few months. After 6 weeks of Vicodin he discharged me to a pain specialist for further treatments.
Well the pain guy continued treatments based on the surgeons diagnosis with various meds, opoids, spinal injections and even installed a Spinal Cord Stimulator. After a year of putting up with this butchery with no major results and feeling drugged up all the time I decided to go to another neurologist for a 2nd opinion.
Due to the sciatica the new neurologist did an EMG and found lower back issues. A CT scan was done and my whole lumbar area is screwed up with hernias, bone spurs and stenosis. Age 59. More diagnostic procedures where done and surgery is now recommended however I understand that at my age (59), a life long smoker, etc. the success rate is minimal.
All these new symptoms started after the neck surgery but I guess have been lying there for many years. I really don't want major surgery that probably won't help. Any recommendations, suggestions or ideas guys and gals?