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:confused: Hi everyone, I am new to this board but hopefully someone can shed some light on what I am experiencing, I haven't been experiencing my problem as long as some I have seen on the board, but the time I have had it is enough for me........ Anyway here it goes........ I stepped in a hole in my backyard back in March of this year (2004) stumbled, twisted and fell.... started experiencing sever pain, in my buttocks, and right thigh, and calf, numbness in my right calf and foot, tingling and crawling feeling in right calf... Went and saw a orthopedic surgeon, had MRI done, showed a disc buldge of approx. 9mm into my spinal canal....was referred to Neurologist.... he told me I needed a discectomy/laminectomy done, back on June 2, 2004 I had the surgery,He said the part of the disc had actually broken off inside there and that there was alot of scar tissue in the nerve areas both left and right.... after the surgery the pain in my leg and such immediately went away.... doctor has me walking a mile and a half twice a day.. and basically resuming my normal daily activity....swimming as well....but about a week or so ago, I started experiencing pain in my lower back, down into my thighs, and up into my upper back....when I am up walking alot or being active for extended periods of time, I also experience a great deal of pain when sitting for extended periods of time.... went for a checkup on July 6.....just a couple days over 1 month after my surgery... told Doctor about the pain and such, he told me to take 2 advil twice a day, that it was only muscle pain, but that I would be fine, I go back to see him July 30, and he had told me he may think about sending me back to work on light duty, catch is, I work at Home Depot on their freight team, stocking, and I can imagine the pain I will encounter being on my feet on hard concrete floors for 8 hrs straight....even if I am limited to the weight I can lift, the constant standing and walking around is very painful for me..... as of today... July 17, 2004 the pain I have been experiencing has gotten much worse, the walking a mile about kills me... cant sit for very long at all, and have been experiencing terrible spasms in my lower back, even turning over in bed is a killer, have had to start taking my vicoden again to sleep throughout the night..... I am at my wits end, I know I cant possibly go back to work right now.... and I hate to think I am going to have to deal with this pain forever....I have been very careful, with everything I do, but What could be causing this pain?? Any insight anyone can give me would be so greatly appreciated.....

Discectomy/Laminectomy L5-S1 - June 2, 2004

Help! Thanks All!

Hi Texas :) I'm so sorry to hear about your condition. I have a recurrent herniattion at l5/s1. I have had 2 surgeries for this exact same thing. i found out after a month of getting worse after the first operation that i had Chips from the first operation against the nerves. Now I had had a chronic problem for over 20 years so i had a lot of calcification(?) that had to be scraped away during the first surgery. I hope you are able to find some relief from the pain the PT is amazing tho I still have numbness in my right leg and foot pain in my right leg lower back and at times running down my left leg so i know how aggravating it can be.... good luck and god spped to recovery i'LL keep you in my prayers
Your story sounds so similar to mine. I am also from Texas. I had the surgery in 2002. Was great for 2 years. Now the pain is back, all the same symptoms as you. Mine is the left leg though. I tried walking also, but the pain has progressively gotten worse. Do not let them send you home with the Advil prescription...That will do nothing. I finally had to get nasty with my Dr. and his nurse. I called both of their supervisors. They were going to put off the MRi I requested. Well, I knew better than they did. I have the same exact disc herniation that I had 2 years ago.. We know our bodies, and we will never forget that pain... Be assertive.. I hope that we both will get through this quikly. I am supposed to go back to work in August. I wonder how I am going to get through the day with this pain.....Please let us know how you are doing. I am so glad to know that I am not in it alone.....


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