I am new at all this so please bear with me!
I had an injury at work that resulted in a hernitaed disk at L%- S1. Tried all conservative treatemtns--PT, ultrasound, walking, epidural steriod injectins and then in 10/2005 attempted microdiscectomy which turned into a formanotomy due to calcification of disc. Minimal results. More conservative therapy. And then finally decision to have a Microendoscopic Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion L4-S1 with BMP augmentsed with Formagraft on 9/23/2008.
I was in hospital until 10-26-2008. I had 4 incision sites. 1 of the lower and larger sites became red, draining and I felt more unwell. In the hospital after the first day and half I was up doing lots of walking. First week at home feeling pretty good but tired. And then the infection started!
I went back to NS was put on Ceflasporin and had lab work drawn. My sed rate was 101 (normal 0-30 for 50 year old)and my crp was was 26.6 (n <=2.5). Report came back that it was enterococcus faecalis and my antibiotic was changed to Ampiccilin 500mg by mouth on 10/5. I have been back to the NS every week. They have considered gong in and reopening the wound to clear it out. Weekly labs done.
Problem is I feel worse this week that first week out of hospital! Has anyone else faced this bug? Or a similar situation? It is draining my strength and I am very depressed.
I have pain in my back on that side, some pain in leg, I feel unwell, run low grade temp and am very tired.
I am 5 weeks from surgery and not having fun! I hope it is uphill from here!