Hi All :H ,
Hope everyone is hanging in there and doing well, or as well as we all can. I just had my second post op appt. I have had very little improvement and received very little info. from my NS. At this point I am wondering why I had surgery. I seem worse than before. Don't get me wrong I really like my surgeon, but I am sooo confused. He said no pt until I am fused, but he said I should be pretty much where I am going to be at this point. Then he said soft tissue takes 6-8 months to heal. I told him I am still in a significant amount of pain (back and leg). He then looked at my X-ray and said he wasn't unhappy with my progress, yet one screw looked a little off at the bottom, which may cause problems by digging into bone and nerve. He intensely stared at the films and pointed to that screw and then said "no we will wait and see". "Lets do a cat scan and then maybe PT if you are fused". I don't know what to think. I thought I would be further along. Should I be scared.
I can walk almost a mile. I do pay for it. I am in pain somewhat but do it anyway. I can sit for about an hour at a time but limp for a few minutes after sitting to long. I can sleep without sleeping pills but wake up a few times a night. I only take maybe a pain pill once a day if that. I am on lyrica 75 mg twice a day. Does anyone think at this point I should panic. This is the third surgery and I've also had a staff infection after my first. I am so done with all of this. As most of you all are. I would welcome any thoughts. Thanks everyone. I get comfort just reading your posts.
Take care all,
L4-L5 lami, staff infection (osteomyelytis), 7mnths vancomyocin, mutiple esi, 6 rounds PT, hip surgery for rt labral tear, shattered tailbone removed, L4-L5 L5-S1fusion