... Been experiencing lower back and leg pain since last fall. X ray showed arthritis in the facet joints and the MRI showed L3 - L4 spinal stenosis. PCP gave me oxycontin and oxycodone and sent me to physicist who did spinal epidural injections with no affect (February). Pain specialist says 10mg oxycontin, 3 x day, and neurontin, 300 mg 3 x day. Still hurts plenty.
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... Sometimes a surgeon takes a bit more than necessary, or performs a laminectomy on several adjoining levels, creating a situation of instability, and often requiring a fusion at some point in the future...but this does not happen frequently. ... (3 replies)
... Erm - as far as I know, they didn't. If you mean did they put any hardware in me, then no. The surgeon just did the laminectomy, but no fusion or metal or anything like that. (3 replies)
The upside is that it could be a "mere" back spasm...I've had many dozen. My pattern was 3 days of near immobile and then very slow improvement over a week. If I was going to walk the first 3 days I needed to use a TENS unit to cancel the spasm pain, A LITTLE. So you will have to watch and wait.
The downside is that CRACK you heard. I heard one in 1973 and have been... (3 replies)
... In June of 2013 I had a lumbar laminectomy. Prior to that my back was so bad I could barely even walk across the room without a walker. And that was while I was on near max levels of - ultram, fentanyl, oxycodone, and celebrex, zanaflex, and lyrica all at once. Needless to say I was friggin miserable. So - had the surgery and right from day one I was essentially pain free and... (3 replies)
... I'm waiting on a call from the doc. My pain was always purely left butt to foot. Now after a fusion how the hell is it possible that the sciatic nerve in pinched on the right side?? How!??? I feel that deep throbbing numb tingly pain from right butt cheek to foot. The calf is especially bad. It hasn't gone away in 2 weeks. All day and night regardless what I'm doing. My 2nd... (3 replies)
... I was in terrible pain about 4 weeks after 1st fusion, L2-S1. Found that several screws backed out. Went in again and put in bigger hardware. Not an uncommon occurrence, so I've been informed.
I was told on Monday that my back is fused except for L5-S1. That is where the rods are broken. Only took 6 years to fuse and I'm still not 100%.
The culprit of the pain in my mid back... (4 replies)
... L3 with laminectomy and revision of previous fusion. ... (2 replies)
... Hi Moldova,
Thank you so much for all of your information. I'm taking each day as it comes, and worrying less about what I SHOULD be doing and what I THINK I should be doing. Big difference. I'm a bit of a driven person and feel somewhat guilty and "lazy" if i'm not up and doing something productive-be it walking,doing some PT exercises, or even just sitting here on the... (6 replies)
... Has anyone had a laminectomy and an artificial disc implanted to replace it? ... (2 replies)
... Thanks for the reply.
I went to a spine surgeon, in the X-rays and MRI the vertebrae was a little out of place, but he didn't think "rods and screws were necessary". I was a little concerned and asked my family doctor for his opinion. He said that because the pain progressed so rapidly, that he thought I needed to go ahead and have it done. And after reading all the stories... (2 replies)
... Last October my left leg started tingling, and by Christmas I was having excruciating pain when I stood up in the morning. By the time I left the house in the morning I was almost at the verge of tears. If I stood and sat down the pain was terrible.
My family doctor referred me to a Orthopedist who did an MRI and said I had bad bone spurs at L4-L5 and a little movement but... (2 replies)
... How did it go? I am trying to decide whether to have a cervical foraminotomy, but have heard the posterior approach can lead to muscle pain. (1 replies)
... So I had a Laminectomy for herniated discs at L5 and S1 back in September at L4-L5 and L5-S1.......Helped to relieve some of my pain. I also had a disk bulge at L3-L4, but at the time my Neurosurgeon did not want to do anything about it. So anyway I have posted on here before about my pain issues etc.....But here are the results of my Myelogram :
Transaxil scans of the... (5 replies)
Hello, Iím no doctor so all I can give you is information on my past history.
Back in 1996, same thing youíre experiencing. L4-L5-S1, I hurt so bad I didnít care what happened it had to be better than this. I had a laminectomy L5 didnít work. 1998 my Doctor was willing to do the fusion, and let me tell you, you wonít be working for a while if you get this done. back... (3 replies)
... A laminectomy defect noted by radiologist is the same as a radiologist saying he sees signs of previous laminectomy surgery, that the lamina has been removed, on an MRI or other imaging because i have radiology reports on MRI's that say it both ways. ... (1 replies)
... In the same report it said, "A complete laminectomy defect is noted at L5 and a partial laminectomy defect is noted at L4 a surgical drain is seen in place. ... (1 replies)
... Welcome to the board.
Before I can attempt to answer your questions, I would like a bit more information.
First, was the "orthopedist" an orthopedic spine surgeon or an orthopedist who also does joint replacement, sets bones, etc?
I assume with a 3" incision, you did not have minimally invasive surgery, which probably means the the big back muscles that lay against... (2 replies)
... So I had a Laminectomy/discectomy at L4-L5 and at L5-S1 back in Sept. Fast forward a few months and I developed scar tissue that is pressing along the nerves causing me pain, and I also have a Bulge at L3-L4. Two mornings ago I woke up to excruciating nerve pain in both my legs, I could not lay down, I could not sit. I could stand but my legs felt so weak from the pain I... (3 replies)
... I mostly read through the posts here on the board...it helps me better understand my own spine issues and also makes me feel like I'm not alone. But right now I'm wondering how many folks have had the same issue as I have, and left surgery in far worse condition than they started in???
I'm 41 years old...and at the end of 2011 I started having what I would call "episodes"... (3 replies)