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My problems all started back in November of 2011. Started a new stretching program as well as yoga and i felt really good. Bam week and a half later i started waking up in the mornings with terrible hip pain that gradually got so bad i was walking crooked. Went to the orthopedics office and he did the standard x-rays,as well as an mri. Mri showed a few bulging discs and a herniated disc l5-s1 but no nerve contact. Did the pt thing (excruciating and useless) as well as chiropractors (felt worse). Moved on to the epidurals series of two. Minimally helped. Long story short my boss recommended a highly recommended neurosurgeon that she thought could help me with my sciatica and crooked back. Doc recommended a mylogram which did show a mass effect abutting the l5-s1 nerve. He recommended hemi laminectomy as well as microdisectomy. Had this surgery on May 17. Woke up and my hip and back felt better but the sciatica is still there. I went for my three week check up and he put me on a anti-inflammatory. I really can' t tell if it's working or not. I am physically as well as mentally tired of feeling this sciata. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.
[QUOTE=blueoceans;5000922]My problems all started back in November of 2011. Started a new stretching program as well as yoga and i felt really good. Bam week and a half later i started waking up in the mornings with terrible hip pain that gradually got so bad i was walking crooked. Went to the orthopedics office and he did the standard x-rays,as well as an mri. Mri showed a few bulging discs and a herniated disc l5-s1 but no nerve contact. Did the pt thing (excruciating and useless) as well as chiropractors (felt worse). Moved on to the epidurals series of two. Minimally helped. Long story short my boss recommended a highly recommended neurosurgeon that she thought could help me with my sciatica and crooked back. Doc recommended a mylogram which did show a mass effect abutting the l5-s1 nerve. He recommended hemi laminectomy as well as microdisectomy. Had this surgery on May 17. Woke up and my hip and back felt better but the sciatica is still there. I went for my three week check up and he put me on a anti-inflammatory. I really can' t tell if it's working or not. I am physically as well as mentally tired of feeling this sciata. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.[/QUOTE]

I am sorry you are still experiencing your sciatic pain. I know many wake up and have total relief...two laminectomies/discectomies later I can tell you that has not been my experience or many others...and this should not panic you, its just as normal as total relief right away, depending on each persons own set of issues. Such as how compressed and therefore bruised your nerves were/are...unfortunately it can take quite some time for them to heal, as they do so at a slow rate. Its a fine balance of not over doing it post op, but still getting the walking in...so as not to cause more inflammation...which can also trigger more nerve pain. There are medications which can provide you some relief from your nerve pain...I happen to take Elavil and it has been a God sent, greatly helps to take the edge off. Ask your surgeon or physicians regarding them.

I hope you get some relief and try to keep your spirits up.





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