Got some bad news this week.
As I have posted here before, I had back surgery in mid July of this year.
The procedure is called a discectomy, which is a commonly performed procedure for severe disc herniations. (Disc is the L5-S1)
I know a couple people who have had it done, as well as many from Wizbang who were kind enough to share their experiences of their surgeries.
Anyway, since the surgery, my progress has been, well, non-existent. The pain has been 10 times as bad as it was prior to the procedure, so I’ve been quite worried.
I went back to the doctor and explained my situation, and he immediately called for a follow-up MRI.
We just received the results this week, and, unfortunately, the disc has re-herniated, and it is worse than the initial herniation.
Needless to say, I was shocked to hear this, as I thought it was just a case of “everyone is different” with their post-surgery progress.
As it turns out, re-herniation only occurs in 5% of patients who’ve had this operation, and I’m one of the lucky few.
The only way to correct this is to have another surgery, which I will be having, if not this week, then definitely the next. If this doesn’t turn out successfully, the next step is fusion of the two vertebrae.
I am completely bummed out about this, as my post-op experience was a painful nightmare. So much so, I vowed if I ever had a ruptured disc again, I would NOT have this surgery done.
I have concluded, however, that this is all part of a gigantic cosmic conspiracy against me, so lamenting over it is futile.
If anyone has had this happen to them before, feel free to share your experience. I’d be interested in hearing your stories.