Herniation 2x in one week!
I had a herniation of L5-L6 on June 28th. I literally could not walk. If I tried, it felt like I was being electrocuted. Ambulance was called and When I got to the hospital had an MRI and my spine was obliterated. OUCH!
Was taken into Emergency surgery. Neurosurgeon told me he removed 4 pieces of my disc that had broken off. I did well and was released. A few days later developed a very nasty headache when standing only. I knew I had a spinal leak (csf leak) due to the fact just 18 months ago I had brain surgery for an aneurysm and had complications with a csf leak. I knew that headache from a mile away. Proceeded back to ER and there it was a massive spinal leak and I reherniated again! Back into surgery to open me up and find the leak and remove more disk? This time I had to stay 8 days due to the spinal leak. I guess my questions are,, When does the pain stop. I am still sore, have burning pain in the back of my legs, and my feet are still going asleep.
I am so frustrated, I am very active and have a demanding job. I don't have anytime left at work. And I feel like I am not getting better. Am I being impatient? I read about failed back surgeries? How will I know if this has failed and I need a fusion? I just want some opinions from others that have had experienced this.