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16 weeks post PLIF L4-L5 ( 4th total back surgery, 3rd on same level)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
and I still have Chronic pain. I'm on morphine, dilaudid, soma and neurontin... I just finished an 8 week course of IV antibiotics for Staph infection I got from the 2 surgeries. The 2nd surgery was because of **failed hardware** though I think the pedicle screws he put in on the right side were too long.. ( I have the CT report) I asked a couple people and that's what they think it says. My Dr has said to me that my fusion has taken.. then it hasn't two weeks later... then two more weeks later its taking again.. WTF?!?! make up your mind

then on Tuesday my LOVELY Neurosurgeon said to my husband and I, "There is nothing I can do for you anymore." .... blink ... blink...

I am so depressed, overwhelmed and just ugh....

I'm only 29 years old, I won't settle for this pain the rest of my life. I saw this coming so I have an appt with a Spine specialist at the University of Miami on Jan 26th, I still can't believe he said that to me.

I need to find a good Malpractice Lawyer in Florida, preferably Tampa/ST Pete/Clearwater anyone know one?

Blah sorry for the rambling, its 2am and I can't sleep from the pain and needed to rant..

Thanks <3


  • That's good you have another referral set up already. I can't believe your Neuro didn't set you up to pain management or anything. I hope you can find some pain relief and hope you're feeling better. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for the thoughts Charry, I did forget to say in my original post that I am seeing a Pain Management Dr. Is that really all I have left as a choice though? ( I know its not) He said that I needed to see my PM DR. Am I wrong to not want to settle for just Pain Management?

    I mean, I'm 29 years old, married for 7 years. We want to have children but I honestly don't see myself carrying a child for 9 months yet taking care an infant. I know all about childcare except for carrying a pregnancy cause I was a nanny up till a year and a half ago when this journey started.

    I just don't see how he can Ethically dismiss me the way he has and it be right.

    Okay back to trying to get some more sleep... going on 6am soon
  • I also used to do childcare, and my mom had her own home daycare, as well. Having your own kids is different than childcare. Even if you could work as a nanny, you would still most likely have a hard time caring for your own children if they didn't do something to "fix" you before that time. Especially when they're infants... On top of the actual physical care, there is the emotional and psychological aspects of caring for your children, and that would be a LOT to deal with on top of the pain, the medical situation... AND caring for children on meds as strong as Morphine and Dilaudid would be a terrible, terrible idea. This being said, I think that ESPECIALLY because you'd like to have children, your doctor really needs to be exhausting every option. To be honest, though, I don't think this is the right doctor for you. Having multiple surgeries in the same area, his wishy washyness, the infections, etc... It sounds like a nightmare. I think your best bet would be to find a surgeon that is sympathetic to your situation (which any reasonable surgeon should be! You're not being irrational or unreasonable) and is willing to work with you for the long run.

    Hope things get better for you!
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