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    Old 04-24-2016, 07:29 AM   #1
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    Angry Right leg pain

    I had laminectomy l4-5 on Dec 17, 2015. The first 2 monts were ok but now i have pins and needles and extreme right leg pain. I had an mri and no more ruptured disc or anything to operate on. The pain is unbearable and not getting bettet. I have tried stretching and resting and the exercising makes it worse. I am on pain meds, neurontin, cymbalta, elavil, and it dtill hurts bad. Please help.

     
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    Old 04-25-2016, 06:54 AM   #2
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    Re: Right leg pain

    Welcome to the board. If the disc is not bulging or herniated, it may be that too much lamina was removed in your laminectomy, and it created a little bit of movement between the segments. This creates instability which sometimes allows a nerve to get caught as things shift ever so slightly...which results in nerve pain. This is something that would not necessarily show up on a MRI.

     
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    Old 04-25-2016, 07:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Right leg pain

    I was surprised to learn that the cause of my leg pain was steming from my back.

     
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    Old 04-25-2016, 01:05 PM   #4
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    Re: Right leg pain

    Boy, I pretty much have the same thing. I just wish I knew who can diagnose this. The pain wakes me in the middle of the night, and I can't go back to sleep.

     
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    Old 04-25-2016, 01:07 PM   #5
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    Re: Right leg pain

    So what's the solution to this - I have spondylolisthesis - so if it gets bad enough I'll have to have a fusion?

     
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    Old 04-25-2016, 08:25 PM   #6
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    Re: Right leg pain

    One does not necessarily need a fusion surgery unless the spondylolisthesis is unstable. This would be determined from a flexion/extension X-Ray. If there is movement, it often continues to pinch the nerve and it tends to continue to get worse until permanent nerve damage occurs. I didn't have mine operated on, but chose to wait...for a variety of reasons. In hindsight, I probably waited too long as I have permanent nerve damage in both feet.

    There are a number of different issues that can cause radiculopathy/leg pain. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine the pain generator.

    Are you seeing a spine specialist? This could be either an orthopedic spine or neurosurgeon? Those specialties would be the best place to get an accurate diagnosis.

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    Old 04-28-2016, 12:43 PM   #7
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    Re: Right leg pain

    Hi,

    My surgeon is part of Georgia Neurological Associates and sent me to get an xray to check on this area for movement and he said the results were within normal limits. There was some movement but not significant. So, I have an appointment at my pain managemtn doctor to get an injection. They said the MRI done recently showed no disc damage but there was a good bit of nerve inflammation and some nerves were close together. I also had a two day stay in the hospital and an Ultrasound on my abdomen was one and they did a pain management study to see what worked best. I go to get my Injection May 10th. I am using a walker to keep pressure of the right leg.

     
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