Chronic Pain-Doctor dosen't have answer/anyone else?
Brief description of my story- severe herniated disc at L5S1 2 years ago, surgery after about 2 weeks of debilitating pain-Discetomy. Did not have immediate relief- did my walking, walking, water therapy, physical therapy- seemed to get better, then! Flare up 15 months later, advice from two surgeons to have a fusion or another discetomy- had mylogram, MRI, nerve root injections, physical therapy, pain meds, meds to help with chronic pain-nerve pain.
My current doctor I had a follow-up this week and a list of questions, and most of my answers were, we just don't know. I did ask if he thought I had a failed back surgery and he said I guess we could say that, since I still have pain. I have a lot of burning pain in my hip, twitching muscles in my legs, ankle and foot have numbness and tingling and sometimes my lower back is killing me. I think I have some scar tissue. I have decided not to worry about a Diagnosis and just be concerned with the treatment, and stay with this doctor and try to form a good relationship and let him get to know me. I have traveled around the last several months going from doctor to doctor and going to pain management for shots, and having tests....2 doc's telling me to have different surgeries and now my current doctor telling me that he does not think that is going to help me. I believe that he does not know why some of us have this situation after having a surgery that was supposed to help. I guess I am just one of those people that fall into that category. My advise for people that can get around, and don't have severed debilitating pain from a Herniation, is to wait as long as you can, because you do not know if you will fall into that category. I know there are plenty of people that have walked away with surgery having positive outcomes. I wake up feeling pretty good, really good on the weekend after I get to sleep longer, and as the day wears on, I get more and more pain. I am going to pace myself better, and try to realize that I will never be the same and some things I will no longer be able to do. It is very hard when I was once so active, and now I have to slow down and step it back.