I am so glad I found you all! I am 45, I have had 10 surgeries, first 6 were abdominal-hysterectomy to scar tissue. The next 4 started in 2005. L5-S1 literally blew on the tennis court. They did emergency surgery and removed the disk. I lost all feeling in right side until surgery was done. After surgery, I felt everything, but right foot, and right back calf. For a yr after 2005, severe pain in lower back, finally convinced someone it was "real" they went in and found a piece of the disk sitting on a nerve, they did a fusion l5-S1. Felt some improvement, for a yr. Still no feeling in 3 toes, heel, right back calf. Severe pain kicked in. Started with pain management. Put me on percocet, skelaxin, nerointon, cymbalta, ambien.
2006-loosing feeling in right arm, balance was off, knew something was wrong-pleaded to get x ray, or MRI. After MRI, they sent me directly to my surgeon. Three ruptured disks, C4,5,6 a wk later did 2 level fusion. Felt better, got some feeling in foot back. Arm pain went away.
2007 Emergency surgery, Full blockage of the small intestines from scar tissue from previous surgeries.
Today, 3/3/2009, Found out fusion in the neck did not take, why 3 yrs later, I am not sure. I went to all my appts after the surgery. Left arm is extremely painful, cannot lift, left hand is numb. Strength in right hand is very weak. I am starting to drop things. Still strong lower back pain. I am seeing chirop, acupuncture, PT, pain management, having another epidural, taking methadone 30mg (found this works on severe back pain w/o side effects) Two percocet for "breakthrough" pain, cymbolta, topamax. Arm, neck, back about an 8 on pain scale. They want me to go for surgery to "redo" the fusion. I DO NOT want to have another surgery!!! Any ideas?? Suggestions? New medications?