L4-S1-L5 micodiscectomy surgery x2
So I had my second microdisc L4-S1-L5 in Dec, I previously had a cortisone injection, oral steroids and PT prior to the first surgery. I had no relief after the surgery and soon started back through the gambit of treatments again, soon coming full circle back to the surgery. According to the my surgeon I had a very "minor" reherniation, that was causing pinched nerve pain down my leg. I got the feeling that he really didn't believe that I still had nerve pain. I am now almost 5 months out of my last surgery and just stopped taking all pain meds, and to my suprise I once again/ or still have pinched nerve pain down by butt, through the hip and down to my left knee. I was refered to a pain specialist, who told me I needed to strengthen my core. Now I was a competative triathlete just over a year ago, I'm also in the military and was/am in descent shape. I'm very frustrated and don't know what to do at this point. My surgeon is the only back and spine specialist in the area. Has anyone has a similar experience, maybe there was something else that was leading to their pinched nerve pain? Since I did have an initial, sizable herniation, it was the obvious cause. But now that the pain persists I personally think there could be a different cause. One quick thing to add that I had forgot. My surgeon had never used the term "degenerative disk" while talking to me, however the pain specialist refered to my condition as degenerative disk. Is this a generic term used or is it a specific condition? Thank you.