Failed Back Surgery and Chronic Pain
I had a laminectomy 2.5 months ago for spinal stenosis in L3 and L4 with no fusion. At first I had high hopes but at time has gone on I am in constant, unrelenting, neuropathic pain. If you've never had this kind of pain before, you have no idea what it feels like. It is constant burning in my abdomen, legs, calves and super stiff knees. In addition, my right leg is so weak that I have to walk with a cane. I take Gabapentin which take s some of the pain away but makes me woozy and wobbly. I have not been able to work. The NS and her PA have literally dismissed me to a pain management doctor who says he can't help me either except to put me on Lyrica (same problems as Gabapentin). Every day I wake up feeling horrible and somehow try to live some kind of life. I can't help but think that something went wrong. They did a FU MRI which showed nothing but an EMG said that there is some problem with L5 and S1 which may be causing these symptoms. But the NS and her PA say that this is just due to an old injury, which I don't believe. Any suggestions on what to do now or what treatment to use?