I was just diagnosed with this condition following L5-S1 microdiscectomy. I had sciatic pain relief for roughly five weeks, then the sciatic pain set in again, but it was different than the original pain caused by my intensely herniated disc -- a shooting pain from my foot and inner thigh accompanied by a pinching feeling in my back, as opposed to primarily lower back and upper leg sciatic pain experienced prior to the operation. An MRI with contrast dye revealed scar tissue bonding to my left sciatic nerve and the treatment prescribed was intense physical therapy for four weeks focusing on breaking up the scar tissue and liberating the nerve root from the scar tissue.
I am one week into therapy and am currently in constant, intense pain ranging from sharp back, leg and foot pain to total numbness and the only thing that works to relieve it is painkillers, and that only dulls it mildly. I am unable to work the way I usually do, and cannot focus on anything but the pain, which seems to be as bad if not worse than prior to the operation. If anyone has any insight about this condition I would love to hear it. Reading that there is no proven long term fix for this worries me intensely as I am a very physical person and getting back to being myself requires some kind of long term pain management strategy that is not simply being doped out on painkillers all the time. Thanks, Dave