My name is Melissa, I'm a RN, and in July of 2014 I underwent a microdiscectomy of L4-L5. It was absolutely my last resort as I had attempted to do therapy. Tried Chiropractic help, nothing worked. The minute I opened my eyes after surgery, I knew it was a complete success. So relieved, I went home to recover and felt wonderful. I felt so wonderful that I drove post-op day 4. I thought things were great, I could soon go back to work. The surgeon, needless to say, laughed and laughed at my 2 week check up. It took the full 3 months to recover, I finally got back to work, although I did lose my job because of being out over 3 months.
So, 1 month ago, I woke up on a Saturday morning and the intense pain was back. It's been 17 months with no pain. Sciatica is horrible. My left butt cheek, my left hip, entire left leg and especially my calf. My left foot feels so heavy at times, along with the feeling that it's going to burst. The process of going from standing to sitting and vice-versa is excruciating. It's been 6 weeks of this now. I'm miserable. I'm on percocet 10-325 and 10mg of flexeril . Doesn't even touch the pain. I'm still working, although, I'm really hurting because I can't medicate. I had an MRI Friday the 12th. I'm thinking surgery again?? I just need some definitive advice.
I'm a pediatric RN, I LOVE my job and don't want to lose it. I work at a day care Center for medically complex children, so there is lifting involved. Any one with similar situations? Any advice? Thanks in advance!