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Post Laminectomy and still pain

Started by Famfirst001 on 06/03/2015 1:33pm

hello I had a laminectomy in April 2014 for treatment for spinal stenosis at L5-S1. Surgery was noted as successful and the stenosis was gone. In July the pain was back along with a clicking feeling in my lower back. Doctor ordered a MRI which he stated showed some fluid around the facet joints. I then received a facet blocker that didn't work and then a epidural injection a few months later. After not getting any relief I had another MRI in May 2015 which read:
Bones, Soft Tissues: L5-S1 laminectomy changes more to right. Mild muscular atrophy and enhancement in right para sacral muscles more than right.
Facet Joints: Mild sclerotic arthropathy at L4-5 and L5-S1.
L4-5: Mild signal loss and bulge. Mild stenosis.
L5-S1: laminectomy changes more to the right. Signal loss and bulge to the left. Mild left foraminal stenosis.
Is this normal to have happen so soon? What else can be done to help relieve my pain. So annoying!

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I had a L4-L5 Lamenectomy both R & L side for bone impingement. One month after surgery in Sep. 2015 extreme pain started in RT back down thru hip and RT leg to toe. Had numbness, tingling, shooting pains and 24/7 aching. Have now progressed to leg spasms and cramps so bad that my RT leg looks like a rope tied in knots. Taking 10-325 Perks 4 times daily with no relief. Spine surgeon says it is due to massive scar tissue that is about 3″ long on spine from L4-S1. I had the caudal lysis of adhesions with saline, hyalurondase, laticane, and steriods injection. No help for a whole month after. then got direct injections into the scar tissue at L4, L5, and S1. Still no help. Now scheduling lots of appointments with surgeons. First one wants me to go on medical marijuana and says that there is no surgery or any other thing that will ever help me. I kept a positive attitude that when they say no help or hoe means that they are scarred to touch me now. Saw my last surgeon yesterday and he said that he can go in with an endoscope and remove as much tissue as possible and that if performed 2 times 2 months apart with special PT inbetween it will eliminate at least 70% of pain. This is the last stand I have cause my body rejected the stimulator implant that I tried for 7 days. Please everyone be persistant and think positive no matter how bad it hurts you physically or mentally. I am a US Marine Corps Veteran and I will fight to the end. Semper Fi


Good luck. I too have had a bone removed to try to eliminate spinal stenosis symptoms, but my MD did warn in advance it would not help the back, just the R leg. I wake up in agony, I am on oxycodone and morphine and muscle relaxants, which lessen the worst of the pain but the pain still dominates my life. I've been to many specialists.