I had surgery on my L4 and L5. I had it fused and screwed. one of the screws was touching a nerve which resulted in nerve pain all down my left leg and foot. they re-operated and the pain went after 6 months after the op. Now, i have got this very unusual sensation down my thigh, i can only lift my leg up slightly before the pain comes whereas my right leg is fine. I am wondering if i could get any advice on this and ways to stop the pain as the pain is unbearable?
While scar tissue can be a cause of back pain or leg pain, in and of itself the scar tissue is rarely painful since the tissue contains no nerve endings. Scar tissue is generally thought to be the potential cause of the patient's pain if it binds the lumbar nerve root with fibrous adhesions.
Typically, symptoms associated with epidural fibrosis (scar tissue around the nerve root) appear at 6 to 12 weeks after back surgery. This is often preceded by an initial period of pain relief, after which the patient slowly develops recurrent leg pain or back pain. Sometimes, the improvement occurs immediately after back surgery, but occasionally the nerve damage from the original pathology (cause of the patient's pain) makes the nerve heal more slowly.
You should consider going to a chiropractor to see if you can still get relief from that back pain. Before you will be given a treatment, you will undergo several tests to make sure that you will get the treatment that you need. I had back pain a few months ago and I had a chiro treatment. Hope you will get better.
Pain relievers can get rid of the pain for a while but not permanently. The key is to get to the root cause of it and treat it. I'm thinking the pain you're having is like my brother-in-law's. He also had a surgery. Now, he's having chronic pain on his leg. I've read from drfryer.ca that you have to keep your spine healthy and aligned to get rid of all these pain and discomfort. The spine houses our nerves you know. Have you gone to the doctor yet?