What could cause the same symptoms to return - post op Disectomy (no reherniation)?
Hi. I had a discectomy at the L4/L5 Jan 5. The initial month went well. Felt immediate relieve, but all the symptoms came back in Feb (sciatica - butt, outside thigh & calf), pain in lower back, tight muscle/spasms along the spine. Went in for a 2nd MRI this week, but it showed no renerniation of the disc (though there was a mild herniation at the L3/L4) compared to the original MRI in Dec. However, since I wasn't showing any symptoms the ortho surgeon ruled that out as a cause.
His advice was that these flare ups are common enough & since the L4/L5 disc seems healthy & normal, there's nothing that can be done at this point though if the pain/discomfort persists, he can recommend an epideral injection. He also prescribed me 50mg Voltaren (anti-inflammtory) to take twice a day.
Theefore, I'm wondering what anybody else thinks, anything else to consider, how others have dealt with it & what else I can do? Is a 2nd opinion needed? It's driving me nuts thinking something else might be wrong. I've been dealing with this for 3yrs managing it with injections, medication, therapy, acupuncture, etc. so was hoping for the surgery to finally resolve all that so am a little concerned & disappointed.
If anyone can share their experience, insight or recommendation, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.