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emel5070

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Hello, I have Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Osteoarthritis of the spine, and possible Scoliosis. I had a Microdiscectomy on L5/S1 back in 2018 due to a bulged disc that was causing sciatica. At that time, the pain was awful but I could still walk. I just couldn't bend over or sit in certain positions. That surgery basically cured me. I was fine up until the second week of April 2022. One morning I couldn't get out of bed. My back had been a little sore for a few weeks but I thought my. Ed was too hard. But the morning I woke up and couldn't hardly move, the lower back pain was excruciating. I made an appt with my orthopedic surgeon. He did Xray, MRI, and a Spect CT scan. The results showed a bulged disc on L4/L5 this time. The pain began to worsen and it became harder for me to walk. I eventually wound up having to get the nurse staff to wheel me in on a wheelchair. The surgeon's PA suggested that I get a spinal epidural steroid injection directly into the sciatic nerve area at my right hip to help. It was wonderful for the first 2 days. No pain what so ever...even after the anesthetic had worn off. I went to work the next day like a newborn baby. On day 3, I could not get out of bed. The excruciating pain woke me up at 5 am and I called out of work. I had been out of work and bedridden for a week from the pain. Fast forward to today (June 12, 2022). I am now completely bed ridden from the sciatica. I literally cannot walk at all and the pain is beyond excruciating. It's completely unbearable. The surgeon placed me on Gabapentin and Prednisone and I take those along with Ibuprofin and Tylenol along with an ice pack. It knocks the edge off as long as I take them all constantly. I am scheduled for a Laminectomy on July 8th 2022 now and that is the soonest he could get me in for the surgery. He knows I can't walk and that I have severe pain and that my entire leg goes numb and tingles and cramps up all the way to my toes. The sciatica is just UNBEARABLE. So here I am waiting on this surgery. I have no idea what to expect. I am terrified. Has anyone here had a laminectomy before? What was your experience? Has anyone had sciatica this painful before? To the point that you can no longer walk? Can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm worried that I may have complications or that the surgery won't help and possibly make things worse. My mind is running away with me. Any comments are appreciated. Thanks.

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    • Max1979

      138d

      I had laminactomy at L4/L5 five months ago and I regret it. It didn't address any of my pain and I got worse now. The important part you don't want your lamina to be take off because that will instablize the disc and you will be scheduled for fusion soon after. Two more years after you will fuse the next disc because it's carrying more than it should, a series will never end. If a surgery is the only answer, go with micro discacotomy, it's the least invasive and will leave most of the lamina intact

    • Max1979

      138d

      I had laminactomy at L4/L5 five months ago and I regret it. It didn't address any of my pain and I got worse now. The important part you don't want your lamina to be take off because that will instablize the disc and you will be scheduled for fusion soon after. Two more years after you will fuse the next disc because it's carrying more than it should, a series will never end. If a surgery is the only answer, go with micro discacotomy, it's the least invasive and will leave most of the lamina intact

    • mycophiliaic

      640d

      Omg I almost started crying when I read this!! I was have DDD, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis & scoliosis. I have bulged herniated disk and tears from L3-S1. That was on my MRI from 2017. Since then I've had spinal injections with steroid and nerve blocks. It seemed to help at first but then it got to the point that I couldn't bend over or stand up, especially in the morning I had to walk my hands up the wall to stand up straight! Then it got to where my legs were tingling, numb or just wouldn't work. My doctor couldn't do anything else for me and send me to a neurosurgeon early this year. He told me that I had sciatica and he wanted to try to do an injection directly into my sciatica into my right hip... This was in May, I instantly felt relief! I felt like my old self... No pain! But like you said on day 3, I could not walk or move! It felt like I've been ran over still to this day I'm having trouble walking, I fall all the time, I'm constantly losing feeling in my right leg. I went back to my Dr and he told me that my leg wasn't related to my spinal stenosis even after other doctors told me it was? He scheduled me for an SI joint fushion in October and he said hopefully it will align everything up and I won't have any more issues. I'm terrified too!! Did you surgery help you? I have nightmares about my surgery and hope I'm making the right decision.

    • ameehaw

      714d

      👍 thanks for you’re post. I have had bad flare ups for the past 10 years. Since I was 10 years old. I’m 21 now.. I’m responding to one of you’re questions about pain being so bad you can’t walk. I’m 16w pregnant and my back/ sciatica/ hips are giving me the worst pain ever. I’m pretty active during the day at work. Lots of walking, bending over, etc. but after I get home. I’m bed ridden.. I can’t sit up, get off the bed, and walk!!! It’s excruciating!

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