On October 28, 2008, I had surgery which involved removing my L5 disc and putting in an artificial one along with 4 rods and 2 screws (keeping the device in place). My surgery was called a 'posterior and anterior surgery of the L5-S1 spine.' It has been several months now and from the begining of my surgery, my major complaint, was and still is, that my legs hurt and are sore all the time. Plus, the bottom of my feet burn and are literally very hard to walk on.
The pain is located on the back of both legs (hamstring area). It becomes so painful that it feels like I have 'stun guns' attached to them. My legs at this point feel like they want to buckle in at the knees. I met with my surgeon last Friday and he found it hard to believe that I would have any pains in my legs and does not know why this is happening. His advice is to stick with my pain specialist and then he wants to do an MRI of my upper back and a CAT scan to make sure no hardware is rubbing. I can surely say that when we looked at the xrays - nothing indicates any closenes.
I work with a pain specialist who has me on Nuerontin (sp?), Opana ER and also Percacets. I have been on these meds for several months as I was on pain medication prior to my surgery. Besides getting some releif for the Percacets, the others are not working.
Has anyone out there experienced such a case? If yes, are you still int he same condition? Has anything changed for you? What did you do? I feel at this point I should see a neurologist. What do you feel? I'm tired of hurting and not knowing why?