It has been a while since I last posted. I am wondering if this leg pain WILL EVER go away? I keep trying to remember "it is a process" but at 14 weeks I would think that the leg pain would be subsiding a bit more. I had my PLIF on June 9, 2008. The pain was horrendous. Lots of problems controlling my pain. PCA was worthless. I couldn't tell if I was getting anything or not. I never felt the relief I had when I used a PCA for other surgeries.
Anyway, I had a CT done at my 3 month follow up. My surgeon said I shouldn't have leg pain. He was pleased that the rods and screws weren't loose or leaning on a nerve. He thought that might be causing the leg pain. He was very pleased that I was growing bone as if I was 6 months out. Okay, I guess I am glad that all the work he did is considered successful but I still can't sand this dng leg pain. I am still on Norco and Kadian from my pain mgt doc. I ran out of my COBRA coverage so am now buying my own qt $484.00 month ith a $3,000.00/yr cap on pharmacy. The Kadian is 1009.00. My insurance pays 800.00. The Norco (hydrocodone) is cheap. I am just bout at the end of my rope. I applied for SSI and received my denial letter a few days ago. I guess I expected that from all that I have read. I don't know how I would be able to work FT even if I could find a job. That left leg really hates life if I stand up too long.
Anyway, have any of you been told or read in your MRI reports that you have arachnoiditis? A few of my MRI (after I had 3 steroid injections the 2nd of which leaked CSF causing the arach) showed that I have arach from L5 all the way into the caudal equina - no man's land! Arach, from what I have read, is extremely painful and it can "creep" up or dwn your spine. But all I know is that my leg hates life.
ER Nurse - I was sorry to read that you still aren't growing bone. That sucks! Are you still in any pain in your back or leg? That has just got to be a real pain when you're trying to moe those pts in the ER! Hopefully your peers are pitching in and helping you out.
Look forward to hearing from some oldies and newbies. I am trying to get used to the new format. I will cntinue to read and pick my way through and see if I can find some cases similar to mine.