I have had two surgeries. Sadly the 1st surgeon did some damage to my spinal cord. This is a pretty rare thing. Failed surgeries like mine are rare. He either dropped something on it or?
I had another surgery a few years later. Not much of a change. I see a phisiatrist/pain mgt. doctor now. I was sent from doctor to doctor for about 3 years after the surgery. Most said "live with it" I know my cord can't be fixed, but nobody gave me adequate pain meds. I have no choice, this is for life.
Your doctor sounds good. Why isn't he fusing it? I ask because they do this type (remove parts of the disc) almost the first time on these lower discs. And within 1 to ?? years it usually has to be fused anyway. It could be the insurance companies. My husband (separated) had the first surgery done, the the 2nd 2 years later. He is quite overweight and I worry about it going. But is isat leas 75% better then it was in 98!!! To me that is amazing!
I find my doctor amazing. I had the mecications. But they in a sense keep me alive.
I think you need to do something. I get sciatica too(why not?) and I know the horrible pain.
I think you've explored your options quite well.
How does your psyiatrst feel? I trust mine almost, with my life. I have been to probably 10+ doctors with this, and most turned me away fast. See when someone has messed up surgery most won't involve themselves. The reason mine is so painful (one of them) is that my spinal cord injury is in the cervical spine. That means from the injury to the end of the spine, I have all kinds of stuff going on.
14 years, stop letting your body do more nerve damage!!!!! I hope your on pain meds. Not that they are the cure all. I was told I will always have pain.
That's life, for me. Are you housebound? I pretty much am, except when I can get a ride. Now you will probably will have considerably less pain.
Surgery is scary! But isn't the constant burning,stabbing, aching (mine) (yours) pain???
If it were me (it is but not to the degree of your spine(lower) I would have it, if it is stopping you from living a decent life.
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