Re: How long does it take for muscles to heal after they have been cut from laminectomy
Hi Mistina: I am sorry to have scared you regarding asking for another x-ray. I suggested that just to make sure there are no bone fragments (or disk material, as I had in my neck prior to my surgery) floating around in your surgical area. I was not aware of how much bone you had removed. All I had to go by was my own laminectomy. Also, sometimes, after surgery, I have heard of disks re-bulging, IF the doctor "shaves off" a portion of a disk that is already bulged previously. I don't know if your disk was totally removed or not. Also, sometimes another disk goes out. I have heard this happening on disectomies. I don't know the extent of the work you personally had done by your surgeon. A bone x-ray would show any bone fragments or vertebre at another level that could be positioned in such a way that the docs can tell if another disk herniated somewhere.
I didn't realize that you had returned to work, especially after working 9 hours a day. If your legs don't hurt, that is a GOOD sign. The reason for my laminectomy was I could notwork, because I could not sit up to do office work. I still cannot sit up long, even after the laminectomy. My whole spine, however, is falling apart. When a person sits, the lumbar spine takes more pressure than when a person walks or even stands. Do you sit up at work? Do you do any lifting? Do you stand a lot at work? Staying in any one position is hard on the spine after a while. Sitting is one of the worse positions for my lumbar spine and prolonged standing (in a grocery line, for example) causes me a great deal of lumbar pain. I have to continually shift my weight from foot to foot, slowly rocking my hips from side to side, while I stand in any line.
Mistina, always remember that none of us will never know each other's pain 100%. Every person's pain is individual; no two people are the same. All we can do is go by our own personal experiences. You seem to have been in close contact with your doctor; like "Out to Lunch" said, we don't want to see anyone suffer. Most of the time, my x-rays are done by my doctor simply to give ME piece of mind. It doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong. Hope this helps your concerns. Take care, Patmg