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Hi all, just discovered these boards after searching for information on back pain and scar tissue.

I'm 22 years old and still dealing with lots of pain in my leg after a hemi-laminectomy/discectomy at L4-L5. Back in the winter of 2001 I took Neurontin for a couple months, then went through physical therapy, and tried some other medicine before heading to surgery back in August 2002. This was all for the pain in my back and the numbness/pain in my left leg.

Immediately after the surgery, I felt pretty good about my back. A month later I started physical therapy again, and it seemed like each week my back was getting worse and worse. And now the pain was going down my right leg instead of my left. After PT, my doctor suggested 2-3 Ibuprofen every day and that I should learn to deal with the pain. I went to my family doctor who sent me to get some epidural injections. They helped to relieve only the tiniest fraction of the pain.

So now, almost two full years later, I'm still in a lot of pain. I've been told that it most likely has sometime to do with scar tissue build up, but the MRIs were inconclusive. Anyone have any advice for a 22 year old suffering from pretty bad back and leg pain still?
I was really interested, but sorry, to read about your leg pain Mike. I had a laminectomy (L5/S1) last year August. Before that I had lower back pain and my calf muscle in my right leg was always tight (felt like it was shortening). After the op I found I couldn't use my right leg properly (tighter calf muscle and had no feeling underneath parts of my right foot). This hasn't improved with time and a recent contrast MRI showed that I have re-herniated the same discs. I now spend most of my days sitting down as the pain associated with walking is terrible. Even my hamstring muscle pulls when I stand up and I've recently noticed that when I stand flatfooted (both feet) in front of a mirror, my right shoulder is stooping downwards. I'm going to see another (much better I believe) surgeon in August but I think I have permanent and irrepairable nerve damage and that I'll never walk without pain again (as the condition has been left untreated for so long). My original surgeon ignored my complaints about the muscular pains!

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