A little background first - - L5-S1 fusion, and 2 laminectomies between the end of 2003 and the end of 2006. An MRI in 2007 showed that all discs in the lumbar were bulging, and a discogram pinpointed the problematic one, although I don't remember now which one that was. I saw a PM doctor and after some testing was told I might be helped by either a spinal cord stimulator or a morphine pump. I decided to wait and to think on it. The pain seemed to lessen over time.
Now, 1 1/2 years later, the pain is back, beginning around late morning and increasing throughout the day. The pain is mostly in my back during the day, but some in my legs. At night, I'm awakened by pain in my legs, so intense that sometimes my groaning wakes me up first. When I get out of the bed, I can hardly move. My legs also seem to be getting weak. I can't "trust them" in some situations.
Has anyone experienced anything like this nighttime pain? It's so intense.