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    Old 08-11-2005, 06:08 PM   #1
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    Unhappy 8 weeks post-op....still in pain....

    This is my first time posting a message. I am only 42 years old and use to be very active ( Gym 3 days a week, bicycling, x-country skiing, etc.) I have had sciatica pain for approx. 8 years off and on, when suddenly it became much worse and the toes on my left foot were becoming numb. An MRI showed a ruptured disc at the L4-L5 level, and the neurosurgeon recommended that I have a microdiscectomy right away. I had the surgery 8 weeks ago, and initially it seemed to have worked. Gradually the pain in my leg and butt cheek started to get worse! They put me back on steroids,thinking it was just swelling that was pressing on a nerve. That didn't work too great, so I was sent in for another MRI with contrast to make sure I didn't have an infection. There wasn't any, so this time they put me on stronger steroids.(It worked for about a week). Now I almost feel worse than before surgery! Driving anywhere is torture. It is like someone is digging a knife into my leg and rear the whole time I'm in the car. To make matters worse, I was told I would only be off work for 4 weeks, and here it is week 8. They want me to have a mylegram in a week and I am terrified that it will aggravate the nerve even more! Has anyone had a similar experience to mine? Am I expecting too much, too soon? How bad is the mylegram? I can't take much more of this pain. Getting depressed.

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    Old 08-11-2005, 06:35 PM   #2
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    Re: 8 weeks post-op....still in pain....

    Did the MRI after surgery show any scar tissue or re-herniation? If not, perhaps the nerve is still irritated from the compression and surgery? I believe they 'bathe' the nerve and surrounding area with painkillers (morphine?) before they close you up during surgery, so sometimes that explains why you're feeling really good for a while after surgery and then it gets worse. Hope you figure out what's going on. Take care.

    Old 08-11-2005, 06:59 PM   #3
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    Wish I could help more; however, here is my story.

    I had L5-S1 microdiscectomy mid June. The main reason I had it was because of that horrible pins and needles sensation in my both feet. Well, I felt kind of OK after the surgeyr and all of the sudden, during the 3rd week things started to go really bad. The sciatic pain in my leg was absolutely unbearable. I could not walk, stand, or sit even with a strong pain killer. Lying down was helping only at the beginning. Later on, sciatic pain was almost constant.

    Back to the radiol clinic for another MRI which showed something rather big at the surgical site. Either more disc protrudiing or extra big amount of scar tissue. However, since I had it done with a contrast, the radiol clinic was pretty sure it was more disc protruding.

    My NS scheduled me for a 2nd microdiscectomy, which I had done a week ago. I feel great right now, but how long it will last this time, who knows.

    I was a positive thinker, I thought that microdiscectomy would cure my back problems. After what I went through w/in the last 2 months, I became very sceptical. Unfortunately. And my NS is really good. He has paitents from all over the east coast.

    Hang in there. Maybe you just aggrevated the nerve too much and now you need some extra rest to bring the things back to normal.

    Good luck!
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    Old 08-11-2005, 08:04 PM   #4
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    Re: 8 weeks post-op....still in pain....

    Hi endofrope, I've had a lot of sciatica pain. This time mine started in Jan. I have had 4 back surgeries. For this to start again has been very nerve racking for me. The pain is bad when I walk, stand, or work. I've decided to go a different route this time. I'm having a spinal stimulator implanted. You ask about a Mylegram. You lay on your back and they insert a dye in you. I felt it all the way to my feet, but not all people do. It depends on what is wrong with you. In my case, it did hurt, but it can be tolorated.
    I have known of a friend that felt no pain. Good Luck.

    Old 08-11-2005, 08:22 PM   #5
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    Im sorry to hear that you had to have another surgery.I definetly don't want to go thru this again. I have had surgery 4 other times for various things, but this experience has been the worse! Have you ever had a mylegram? Im thinking of getting a second opinion, problem is I actually work in the O.R. where my neuro guy is. A very touchy situation if I go to another hospital for another opionion. Maybe Im rushing things.

    Old 08-11-2005, 10:37 PM   #6
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    Please don't for a minute THINK about people's feelings getting hurt by you seeking a second opinion! You have ONE back and ONE life and you need to take care of both as much as you can. Any decent neuro would understand and would happily say "I told you so" when you come back to him with your second opinion.

    I cannot stress this enough. Get the second opinion, if only to make yourself feel better if the prognosis is to wait and see. If it turns out to have been something that should be acted upon, you will be glad you found out.

    Okay, dismounting my high horse now. Good luck!

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    A mylegram can be painful,they can give you a mild sedation.I've had 4 in the past few years.It takes about 45 minutes to do.They'll numb the back and insert a needle into the spine,which will inject a dye(iodine based)it will show what if any nerve damage,following they will do a ct scan.With the 4 mylegrams I only had a bad experience with the first one.Afterwards you'll want to lay with the head up,drink plenty of water to flush out the dye and for 24 hours basically bed rest.

    As for a second opinion go for it,it only protects you and it gives you apeice of mind.

    Best wishes

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