Severe low back pain/sciatica/pain in both legs 10 months post fusion (L5-S1)
I suffered ruptured discs at C4-C5, C5-C6, a bulged disc at T8-T9, and a ruptured disc at L5-S1 during a car accident in the summer of 2008. I had a double anterior cervical fusion done in December 2009 and although it's been nearly 2 years, I'm finally feeling somewhat back to normal.
I had a lumbar laminectomy in March of 2010. The disc ruptured again in August during physical therapy and I had to wait until January to get in for surgery. By then, I was in nearly unbearable pain in my legs, and my right leg had mostly gone numb and started collapsIng under me whenever I put my weight on it. My surgeon told me when he got on there, my sciatic nerves on both sides were wrapped in scar tissue and pressured by fluid from the ruptured disc.
After my surgery, I rested and used the brace for the full 3 months. I went through physical therapy pain free and was cleared to exercise on my own. Within a week or two, pain started slowly coming back on the bottom left corner of my surgical site. I was told to stop all activity. My surgeon sent me for a CT Myelogram which ce back clean.
All summer the pain has continued to get worse. It has spread down my butt, into my hip, and into my calf/ankle/foot and can leave me with tears in my eyes. Now it's happening on the eight side too.
I just went for another myelogram (clear results) and a bone scan. The bone scan showed the left side of my fusion hasn't healed yet, so there's still swelling, but I'm not sure that's what would cause all this pain on my waist and legs. I've had 2 caudal steroid injections with 0 relief.