I had a laminectomy a couple of months back. The surgeon had me on vicodin, motrin, and flexiril. I had no improvement so my regular doctor sent me to a Pain Management doctor. He put on morphine and Gabapentine right away and also wants to give me shots in my facet joints. Has anyone been through something like this before? I thought it was a big change made so quickly.
Michael - Have they done another MRI/CT scan since your laminectomy? In my particular case, after I had the laminectomy my spine became unstable. The vertebrae began rocking on the sciatia nerve causing increased pain. When they did the MRI, my disc had slipped forward. I am 4 weeks out from a fusion and the sciatia is almost gone. I pray that this is not your case but wanted to at least inform you about it. Good luck and I pray that this is not your case.
Hello all, the surgeon said the MRI didn't show anything new. He said I needed more time to heal. As for the EMG, the idiots didn't send the report in time for us to see. I called to make another appointment and the secretary told me there was some nerve damage. My pain management doctor wants to give facet joint injections now since the meds are not working. The surgeon said go ahead and try them if I wanted to. I got feeling from him he doesn't think they'll work. I'll keep you posted, Thanks
Michael -- don't give up hope ---sometimes things do not show up on the MRI. Someone on the board had several broken vertebrae and it did not show up on the MRI. They found it when they went in to do other work.