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Old 03-15-2005, 06:52 PM   #1
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Question any help pls???

i had a ruptured disc at l5,s1 and after trying injections 3 times i had a open lamy descetomy.before the surgery i had some weakness with a limp and horrible back pain,now 4 monts after the surgery i have a tingleing right foot and when i walk i have the worst pain in the front and rear of my lower leg its so bad i can barley walk i have gone to doctor 2 times and told him somthing is wrong i hurt to bad 4 months after surgery. i had a second mri it was negative for ruptures,he gave me steriods for pain already have plenty pain meds i need a answer to this pain its getting worse today i only walk 8-10 steps before pain sets in when it started i could make it about 10-15 minutes anyone every had this not sure wat to do last i spoke to doc i started to wack him up side the head i hurt so bad and i dont think he is listen he acts like if it nothing to operate on it ok but somthing is wrong!!!i tell him i only hurt when i walk and he looks at me like i was nuts

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Old 03-15-2005, 07:48 PM   #2
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I would look for another dr. Most surgeons do NOT want to hear that their surgeries didn't "fix" you and they brush you off with the typical ... it will get better, it's in your head...kind of thing. Don't let him get away with it. The pain doesn't have to mean another herniation. It can be scar tissue, or inflammation or some other problems. Do give the steroids a chance. If it is inflammation, it should help the problem. If it doesn't, you will have ruled out inflammation and can look elsewhere. But if your dr. persists in telling you there is nothing he can do (or will do) then you should find a different spine specialist.

Good luck. I hope you get help soon.

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Old 03-16-2005, 02:18 AM   #3
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i finished the steriods they helped my back some but done nothing for my leg i see him again on arp 1,he always wants my visits 3-6wks apart witch would be fine if i was just haveing some back pain our if i knew for sure wats wrong with my lowerleg/foot i have always felt if i hurt somthing is wrong and if the pain is increseing i need to no why and how to prevent further problems.but im gonna wait this one time unless i get a helpful answer i gonna tell this doc he maybe a good surgen but we must part company.

Old 03-16-2005, 02:26 AM   #4
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You certainly exhibit symptoms of a reherniation. I am glad your Dr ordered a new MRI (that's exactly what he should have done)

In all likelihood the report is right and perhaps you don't have a new herniation. As Carol said, you could also have scar tissue or inflamation. If the steroids settled things down, maybe inflamation is part of it.

I was told over and over by the surgeon who did my 1st Lami that, "Oh, it's just scar tissue" ....he didn't want to acknowledge that "perhaps" his Greatness had missed or overlooked something.

I had the same symptoms, my MRI was negative, my Dr totally disagreed w/the Radiologist' findings and subsequently it was discovered I had a massive reherniation (after Lami) at L5/S1.

This is NOT to say this is the same for you, it's quite possible that you do not have one.

What type pain are you having in your leg? is it the same as before surgery or is it more neuropathic in origin? The tingling hopefully is a good sign and could just be the nerves settling down.

Unsure when you had your surgery and how far post op you are?

Your Dr NEEDS to listen to you and if he doesn't - FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL.

Keep us posted
and Good Luck!


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Old 03-16-2005, 07:24 PM   #5
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