Just wanted to update on my ongoing journey. Just a reminder I had a PLIF of L5-S1 with donor bone and hardware on Sept. 15. At 2 weeks post op I developed an infection, that required antibiotics, and daily draining of the seroma. Once over that I did my pt and was coming along great, and expected to go back to work this coming Wed., Jan. 7.
Unfortunately last week, I developed severe excruciating pain, along with a fever of 102.6. Of course this all happened during Christmas, so those days, were just a blur. I got in to see an assistant in my ns office on the Friday after xmas, and she said that maybe I had aggravated the nerves and they were inflamed, but due to the infection I'd had before, they ordered blood work, x-ray, and MRI. So when I called this past Tuesday, they said the MRI showed a deep infection with nothing to aspirate. I was told to just keep my follow up appt with ns on Friday. So I go to the ns yesterday, and he tells me that I have 3 small pockets of infection on the edge of the disc, and they are pushing on the nerve which is where the pain is coming from. He said it was strange and that he'd only seen something like it one time before. So the only solution is to open it up and get in there and get a culture to see what kind of infection it is and also to clean it out. So this coming Tuesday afternoon I will be back in the operating room once again. :''( Needless to say I am quite upset about it, but know that it is necessary for my well being. I hope everyone else is doing good in their journey to recovery.