I had a left side l5-s1 discectomy four years ago. The surgeon told me he took out a thumbnail sized chunk and he didn’t even need to cut it; it just pulled right out. It still hurts there and I had leg spasms for six months.
I felt better for two more months and then it started again. It is very painful sometimes. I just drag my left leg because I can’t use it. My last MRI through free county healthcare clearly showed a large 6-10 mm protrusion and a substance "likely representing epidural fibrosis". My NP doctor said, “Your MRI doesn’t show anything pressing on the nerve.” I told her I'm not making it up. She prescribed me medication like amitryptoline and nuerontin, and another one, all of which had horrible side effects. My question is what is the next stage for diagnosis of my condition? A contrast dye MRI or some other kind of scan? What can I get them to do to help diagnose me properly so we can come up with a plan to treat the fibrosis that I "supposedly" have? Thanks for any help or advice. --Jim