I've suffered sciatic pain for years prior to my op. Surgeon operated on L4/L5 at the end of September 2016 after I couldn't carry on with my working life day to day.
I had about one day after my op pain free. Then on the second day as soon as the physio lady showed me how to do the stairs the pain came back with a vengeance.
I called hospital and then spoke to both my gp and the local physio lady about my concerns approx 4 weeks after my op. Also the fact I could barely walk the length of myself without searing pain. All three assured me it was early days, not to worry and that I was not to try to push through the pain.
Followed physio exercises, took advice from her and gp and again raised my concerns about how little I could do without severe pain and also the fact it was a couple of months out now and I was still taking as many painkillers as when I'd left the hospital. The last part really disappointed me as before the op I was taking lots of painkillers and hoped after the op I wouldn't need them
After about three and a half months I visited the surgeon and explained how worried I was He was very straight talking Told me he now felt that I'd always have chronic pain, that the nerve must have been too damaged prior to my operation and that I needed to accept I'd never be pain free as there is nothing else he can do surgically I was absolutely devastated
After speaking to physio and my gp it was agreed I'd go to hydrotherapy and then a pain management clinic I'm now on the second week of hydrotherapy And my gp has prescribed gabapentin as well as co codamol for the pain I'm still in lots of pain as soon as I start walking in my buttock, right hip and down my right leg along with numbness in my foot
Has anyone ever had a similar experience? Or can anyone offer any hope at all? My son is keen I get a 2nd opinion or find an expert in nerve surgery
I'm not sure what the answer is but I know that at 53 I can't live the rest of my life like this 😞 I'm still off work and piling on the weight as I'm so immobile ( my job is a very physical one)