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Repeat Herniated Disc after Surgery..Now What?

Started by Coltsfan78 on 07/25/2014 6:44pm

Hi. I am new here, although sadly not new to a herniated disc. As a bit of background, I am a 35 year old mom of two kids (5 and 9). Almost a year ago, I started having intermittent tingling in my left leg down to the foot. After a few months of that not getting better (almost 6 months) I finally started going to a chiro. Within 2 weeks (6 visits), the tingling changed to all out sciatic pain to the point that I could not stand or walk for more than about 4-5 min. without severe pain. That started the months-long procession of doctors' appts. and trying all sorts of conservative treatments, culminating in surgery on May 30th of this year. I had a massive herniation of the L5/S1 disc and did a successful microdiscectomy/laminotomy.

I thought I was home free because I was pain free immediately after surgery....and then 5 weeks later the sciatic pain suddenly reappeared, along with increasing loss of sensation in the back of my thigh/left foot. I tried a week of oral steroids, then had a repeat MRI. I got the results today and I have reherniated at the same level. I received the official radiologist's report which says I have a "large annular tear and left paracentral disc protrusion" along with "significant deflection of the descending left S1 nerve root and at least partial compression against the left facet." The "combination of post surgical inflammation or scar and disc preotrusion creates severe stenosis of the left lateral recess and deflection/compression of the descending left S1 nerve root."

I already had an appt. set with my neurosurgeon for Tues. (was supposed to be my final post-surgery release). Obviously I will discuss this with him then, but I am open to any and all opinions on what typically comes next. The first surgery removed about 75% of the disc, if that is any help and the Dr. ordered x-rays to check for any motion or slipping of the disc/spine.

Mods, please feel free to move this as I wasn't sure exactly which forum this belongs in!


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