I am a 56 yr,. old woman who had spinal fusion at L4-5 level in '98. That doctor botched my surgery by putting in back cages that were misplaced and too big for my spine, therefore, caused massive herniations from L3 to S1. In 2000 after many doctor opinions they all agreed that I needed rods on both sides of my spine and cross rods. During that surgery they removed bone from my right hip near the spine. However, in the last few months the pain where the bone was removed has gotten unbearable. I can not sit, stand, bend or walk for more then a few minutes before the pain is unbearable and I started getting sharp shooting pains from the lumbar region into my hip and buttocks. Ibuphrophen doesn't help anymore. I went for an MRI and my Dr. told me that I have a herniation at L 1-2 level (2 levels above where the rods and cross rods stop). Recently the shooting pains has deminished pretty much but the pain where the rods are and especially where the bone was removed from my hip in 2000 is killing me. I can't walk, sit, bend over or stand for more then an couple minutes without pain. I have had 2 epidural shots which only worked for about 24 hours and then the pain is back. My Dr. said the MRI showed disc herniation at
L1-2 and wants to do a laminectomy on L1-2 but I'm not sure if that will relieve the lumbar and hip pain. WHAT DO YOU THINK?? Basically, what I'm asking is can a disc herniation at L1-2 level cause pain in the right hip area next to the spine somewhere around the L3 to L5 level OR is the increased pain in that area possibly caused by calcium build up or arthritis OR can the muscles or nerves in this area be associated with a disc herniation at L1-2 ? I don't want to have the surgery on L1-2 if it will not help the hip pain. Keep in mind that I have had pain in that same hip area since my rod surgery in 2000 - it has just become unbearable to the point I can not get around, drive or work and financially that is killing us. When I asked my Dr. about the increasing pain in the hip area he said he can't do anything about that and would not discuss it any further.
I look forward to any insight to my problem that you can give me. Time is short though since my Dr. will be scheduling my surgery for the beginning of January for a laminectomy at L1-2 level.