I'm from USA; my daughter loves everything England especially London and wants to love there. I warned her about the weather case we live in South Florida but she still does. She loves the accent and so many people there are great you tubers and mine craft expert. She is only 11. At the very to want to take her there to visit. I've been there but it was so long ago like 1987 I think back when I had hair and no pain.
I really want to take her to London but I'm only 48 and I had back surgery 7 months ago and i have pain after the surgery. Mt surgery was necessary cause I was getting leg weakness and my mri showed a large disk bulge at T12 L1 and advanced canal stenosis at L2 L3. Do i had a posterior laminectomy disectomy with interbody fusion and instrumentation ay T12-L1 and a hemi laminectomy on the left side at L2 L3. I awoke from surgery with burning pain in the sole of my left foot. Afterwards the pain became in my calf and left outer thigh. The pain in a burning type and although i think it's getting better albeit very slowly it's still unacceptable as it really slows me down and makes me tired. I don't know why I have it. I'm still seeing doctors to show reports and imaging. I think the surgeon could have dinged my cord doing the disectomy and interbody fusion at T12-L1 as he had to come in from the left side. I also see disk bulge still impacting my cord as he could not remove all the annulus using a posterior lateral approach. Maybe there is scar tissscary L2-L3 as well. I see a new specialist tomorrow which I hope will shed light on my issues and what I can do next. Everyone and my own surgeon whom I'm kind of disappointed with says I will get better in time. But I'm scared. I have no guarantees. I do my physical therapy at home and working part time which helps keep my mind from thinking of the pain.
I'm taking 3 to 4 percocet a day. Mainly in the morning and at night. I take 3 75 mg lyrica a day. And I take 0.5 mg clonazepam at night. I do take 50 mg tramadol sometimes twice daily. I know people will say that's alot but I'm pretty tolerent to the opiates now. Also opiates only help nerve pain a little.
So my question are what meds should I try. What other things should I do? If another surgeon suggests further surgery to remove the annulus from the pressing on my cord at T12-L1 using a side approach or anterior approach, what should I do? I hear some many negative things about second spinal surgeries. Any thoughts, advice or experiences would help me. I want to get better. I never had this pain prior to surgery and feel very sad and mad at times because maybe something went wrong or my surgeon used the wrong approach. Maybe i should of just avoided the surgery altogether as I had the disk bulge at T12 L1 for many years and I think it could of been inflamed by a badly chosen chiropractic treatment I had days before my legs got weak. Maybe I was going to need this surgery sooner or later too. Please help. I want my life back.
Thanks and cheers