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4 years post surgery, pain level increasing again.

ooh aahoooh aah Posts: 4

i had microdiscectomy and laminectomy, in early 2011. managed to stop all pain meds a year after surgery.

the last few months pain level has increased again and continues to worsen (leg), not as bad as pre surgery. not aware of causing this set back. back itself, no longer feels as stable at times. not yet asked for pain meds, really don't want to if i can possibly do without. still doing physiotherapy gently, so as not to aggravate symptoms and walk every day.

has anyone been in similar situation? what do you recommend i should do, the thought of it continuing to deteriorate is now worrisome.


welcome to spine-health

one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - when did this first start? . year, your age, etc
- was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)
  • . which doctor did you start with? ie primary care physician . who are you currently seeing?
- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?
  • . physical therapy . ultrasound / tens unit . spinal injections . acupuncture . massage therapy
- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)
  • . summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . how many different tests have you had over the years? similar results?
- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
  • . name of medication . how long have you been using this? . results
- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)
- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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please remember that no one at spine-health is a formally trained medical professional.
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  • - analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie mri, ctscan, xray, etc)- medical advice of any kind- recommendations in terms of medications, treatments, exercises, etc

what could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
you should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 08/12/15 15:09est


  • My left leg pain increased slowly, then in November 2009 I got out of bed and ended up on the floor in awful pain down left leg, with back in spasm. GP visited, gave me muscle relaxants and eventually managed to get me back into bed and then left....

    I was in a lot of pain, but struggled on. My back was unstable, I would be able to sit for a few days, then I'd tweak my back and could not sit, but could walk better, this went on for months.

    After nine (9) months of this and physiotherapist saying I needed a scan, had MRI in July 2010, I had prolapsed L4/L5, with spinal cord deflection and was admitted to hospital. After 1 week was discharged, and was now prescribed, paracetamol, tramadol, Diclofenac, Gabapentin, Diazepam.

    The 1st neurosurgeon I was referred to would not operate, 2nd referral neurosurgeon agreed to operate, had surgery on 03/03/2011.

    Like I said above saw massive improvement after surgery, still in pain but nothing compared to pre surgery and stopped all pain meds mid 2012.

    Over the last few months pain level is increasing, altered sensation, pins and needles, sensory hypersensitivity etc.

  • After a gap of several years, back on pregabalin. :(
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