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3.5 Months - Post Laminectony/Sciatica

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  • Here is my update:   I had my MRI yesterday and saw the surgeon this morning.   Basically I re herniated the same disc at almost the same size as last time prior to my laminectomy.   He is recommending a revision laminectomy/discectomy for next week.   


    I don’t recall doing anything to cause the disc to herniate this time around.  I’m scared and frustrated.   

  • Here is my update:   I had my MRI yesterday and saw the surgeon this morning.   Basically I re herniated the same disc at almost the same size as last time prior to my laminectomy.   He is recommending a revision laminectomy/discectomy for next week.   


    I don’t recall doing anything to cause the disc to herniate this time around.  I’m scared and frustrated.   

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  • Sorry not sure why it posted twice.  

    My main worry is going through with this surgery again and another possibility of herniating the same disc.  I discussed this with my doctor and he basically said it’s possible that it will happen and I will likely need a fusion (which is so extremely scary to me).   I have so many things I have already given up this last go around and yet here I am again with so much uncertainty still.   I’m young and my kids are young and I’m not sure how to cope with this.   I see a lot of people on here who continue to have surgery after surgery.  I don’t want that to be my life.  I guess I had put all my eggs in one basket this last go around so to speak.  

    I know a lot of people who have success don’t continue to post on here but it sure would be so comforting to here from people who have had revision lamleniectomies   Without the need of a fusion.   

  • mamaAsh

    I am sorry to hear about this, I had it happen after my first back surgery, I also don't know how it happened, I know it was at the 2 week mark, but I was not doing anything when I felt the pain start again, that surgery lasted 30 years, so hopefully your's will also.

    Chip

  • Little bit of an update for me.  Surgery was last Wednesday with it being a revision from my December laminectomy/discectomy.  Same level L5 S1.   In December the disc was 7mm herniated and disc fragments had broken off pinching the nerve very severely.  This time it was  10mm herniated with no fragments.  I never felt the “herniation” occur this last time so I can only assume that it was a slow progression.   


    So far I have had no back pain or nerve pain just incision pain up until yesterday afternoon.   So it took 6 days before it showed back up.   Hopefully it’s just the nerve healing.  However I’m doubtful.   I’m mentally preparing myself for a fusion.   Is it a bad thing that part of me just wanted to skip this revision and go straight to the fusion because I want this over with? I know that there are no guarantees with a fusion.  I think it’s just that I’m tired of this long process and the havoc it is wrecking on my life, especially my job and 3 young kids.   


    I will say that the Cymbalta I’m on for nerve pain if anything is helping the depression even if it may or may not be helping the nerve pain (if it is I don’t want to be off of it just in case it is masking horrible pain).  

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  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,179
    edited 07/17/2019 - 1:45 PM

    mamaAsh

    Glad the surgery went well, you have been through this before, so I am not telling you anything new by saying give it time, I know you are tired of hearing that,but it's true, try your best not to think about  

    Take care and keep us posted

    Chip

  • Good morning, 


    Just adding to update that so far this recovery seems a little bit easier than the first go around.   Today I’m heading to the Pain Management Doctor to renew my Cymbalta prescription.  Even with the surgery I fell that it’s helping the residual nerve pain and if by chance I re herniate again (fingers crossed and praying I don’t) I would rather be on the Cymbalta to combat some nerve pain and depression that is likely to occur if that happens.   


    Just taking it day by day, and doing lots of research to be prepared should this last surgery not be successful long term.  

  • mamaAsh

    Glad to hear you are feeling a little better and your recovery is coming along nicely

    Chip

  • I am less than a week post op ... and have more pain than I did a few days after surgery... laminectomy 3/4. I think my expectations were not realistic. I expected the pain to go from some to non. When I read through the posts it makes sense that there is a time period that the pain will be just as bad if not worse than before surgery. The nerves were moved twisted manipulated .. and they are responding to that. I believe in time they will recover, and the surgery will be a success.

    My Husband had a laminectomy.. he woke up with zero pain... and never felt pain again... his was an unusual case. 

    Thank you 

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