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Hey everyone, I am 25 years old from NY and this month is my 8th month post-op. I had a severe bulged disc at my L5-S1 that was pressing on my spinal canal, I had a Lumbar laminectomy discektomy on 9/26/02. I wish I knew about this post sooner, I think it's great that you are all supporting each other and helping each other thru this. It also makes me feel a little bit better knowing that I am not the only one so young to have surgery of this nature.
I don't have as much as a success story as some of you guys do. I'll try and explain but keep it short. After my surgery on 9/26/2002 I did feel instant relief in my back and my leg. Of course over the next couple weeks I had some pain, but normal for post-op. I went to PT after 4 weeks and was back at work. But than about 4 months after surgery I started getting alot of pain in my calves, on both sides, meanwhile my surgery was only on the right side, and my feet were aching everyday. It became so severe I started calling my neurosurgeon who just advised that it was normal, and gave me some anti-infammatories and vicodins(again). After about 4 weeks of severe pain in my calves(which I thought I was going crazy), he sent me back for an MRI. in 3/2003. Which showed some scar tissue around the surgery area and some minor disc protrusions at the L5-S1, but "much improved" from pre-op. SO my surgeon was satisfied with these results and sent me to pain mangement. My 1st visit to pain management about 1 month ago, the doctor examined me and said I showed signs of nerve damage in both legs. He asked me if I ever had a "EMG" by a neurologist, which I never had. He referred me and off I went the next week (3 weeks ago) for this EMG, it's a 2 part test, a series of needles thet they stick in ur legs, and back and than electric shocks that shock you in the back and both legs, to stir up the nerves to see if there is damage...which in my case so far what they saw off the tests is I have substantial nerve damage in my bottom right calf and showed signs of nerve damage in my left calf too, but they need the test results to confirm the severity. I am waiting for the test reults to decide what to do...My pain management doctor said if it's "acute" it can be treated with steri/cortizone shots into my spine but if it is "chronic" the shots don't help. I am on more mediciation now than I ever was before, I take 2 30mg doses of MS CONTIN(Morphine sulfate)a day, Sometimes those wear off before the next dose so I take up to 4 10mg vicodin HP between a day and take 1 300MG of Neurotin at night. The nerve damage is caused by the fact that my disc was bulged so bad into my spine that it caused nerve damage in certain spots. My pain mgmt. doctor couldn't believe that my surgeon didn't suggest nerve damage and didn't refer me to see a neurologist after my complaints kept getting worse. So I have my finger crossed that the damage is "acute" and the shots will be helpful. Although I am a bit nervous about the shots, I don't know anyone who has had them. But it can't be worse than the surgery and the EMG test, which was very painful by the way and I still have bruises from the needles on my legs.
Well thanks for reading this short novel. Sorry if it seems I am complaining cause I probably am. It is just very frustrating, which I am sure you all understand. I am missing alot of time at work cause the meds make me real tired and sleepy, and sometimes real nausea. And anyone that has post-op pain especially months after surgery please know you should be taken serioulsy and should maybe look into this nerve damage, I mean the longer it goes the worse it gets, better safe than sorry, I wish I knew sooner. Well good luck to eveyone! Thanks again for reading, Take care. Any replies are welcome. :)

-Chrissy
Long Island, NY
Hey everyone, I am 25 years old from NY and this month is my 8th month post-op. I had a severe bulged disc at my L5-S1 that was pressing on my spinal canal, I had a Lumbar laminectomy discektomy on 9/26/02. I wish I knew about this post sooner, I think it's great that you are all supporting each other and helping each other thru this. It also makes me feel a little bit better knowing that I am not the only one so young to have surgery of this nature.
I don't have as much as a success story as some of you guys do. I'll try and explain but keep it short. After my surgery on 9/26/2002 I did feel instant relief in my back and my leg. Of course over the next couple weeks I had some pain, but normal for post-op. I went to PT after 4 weeks and was back at work. But than about 4 months after surgery I started getting alot of pain in my calves, on both sides, meanwhile my surgery was only on the right side, and my feet were aching everyday. It became so severe I started calling my neurosurgeon who just advised that it was normal, and gave me some anti-infammatories and vicodins(again). After about 4 weeks of severe pain in my calves(which I thought I was going crazy), he sent me back for an MRI. in 3/2003. Which showed some scar tissue around the surgery area and some minor disc protrusions at the L5-S1, but "much improved" from pre-op. SO my surgeon was satisfied with these results and sent me to pain mangement. My 1st visit to pain management about 1 month ago, the doctor examined me and said I showed signs of nerve damage in both legs. He asked me if I ever had a "EMG" by a neurologist, which I never had. He referred me and off I went the next week (3 weeks ago) for this EMG, it's a 2 part test, a series of needles thet they stick in ur legs, and back and than electric shocks that shock you in the back and both legs, to stir up the nerves to see if there is damage...which in my case so far what they saw off the tests is I have substantial nerve damage in my bottom right calf and showed signs of nerve damage in my left calf too, but they need the test results to confirm the severity. I am waiting for the test reults to decide what to do...My pain management doctor said if it's "acute" it can be treated with steri/cortizone shots into my spine but if it is "chronic" the shots don't help. I am on more mediciation now than I ever was before, I take 2 30mg doses of MS CONTIN(Morphine sulfate)a day, Sometimes those wear off before the next dose so I take up to 4 10mg vicodin HP between a day and take 1 300MG of Neurotin at night. The nerve damage is caused by the fact that my disc was bulged so bad into my spine that it caused nerve damage in certain spots. My pain mgmt. doctor couldn't believe that my surgeon didn't suggest nerve damage and didn't refer me to see a neurologist after my complaints kept getting worse. So I have my finger crossed that the damage is "acute" and the shots will be helpful. Although I am a bit nervous about the shots, I don't know anyone who has had them. But it can't be worse than the surgery and the EMG test, which was very painful by the way and I still have bruises from the needles on my legs.
Well thanks for reading this short novel. Sorry if it seems I am complaining cause I probably am. It is just very frustrating, which I am sure you all understand. I am missing alot of time at work cause the meds make me real tired and sleepy, and sometimes real nausea. And anyone that has post-op pain especially months after surgery please know you should be taken serioulsy and should maybe look into this nerve damage, I mean the longer it goes the worse it gets, better safe than sorry, I wish I knew sooner. Well good luck to eveyone! Thanks again for reading, Take care. Any replies are welcome. :)

-Chrissy
Long Island, NY





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