I was involved in a car wreck june 3 2006 causing and slipped and fractured vertebrae with low back, pelvic and right leg pain. I had a posterior fusion, laminectomy and removal of bone fragments on l5 s1, along with a laminotomy on l4 and s1. I continued to have some right leg pain and numbness of the outside of my right foot. Doc said the numbness might not ever go away and the right leg pain would take a while due to nerves healing.
2.5 years later I was still having right leg pain that now was severe and debilitating. On 40 of oxycontin every 8 and also percocet 10s, 1800 of neurontin. I had moved to a new state so had a new surgeon who ran the gambit of tests on me and finally the ct myelo showed some halos around the screws suggesting non fusion.
I was schedualed for surgery on april 30th, and the surgeon said I wqas completely not fused at all except for scar tissue. He had to scrape scar tissue from the old fusion site along with from the nerves themselves. He said I was a mess with tethered and "hammered" nerves, mainly l4 s1 and bladder. He refused me with hardware and bmp and also extended the fusion up a level to l4 l5. Now I'm fused l4 through s1.
1 month after surgery and I'm still using a walker and still in some pain and discomfort but it is getting better. I'm no longer needing as many straight caths for my bladder so that is good too. I have weaned down my oxycontin to 30 thre times a day. Ut I'm not sure if I'm weaning to slow?, any thoughts??? I've been on oxy since october 08. I am however having a good deal amount of pain on my lower right leg into my foot which is partly where my right leg pain was prior to surg. The surgeon says that it will take some time to heal and gave me 3 to 4 months for fusion to take place.
I also have a home tens unit, which I use very frequently.
Please everyone keep your heads up as I am trying to do with mine. I'm 29 and feel likew my life has been taken from me. Half of my 20s have been in pain and suffering but I am trying to smile. I found this site and just to see how many of "us" are out there helps me greatly.
Hopefully some of you can give me some advice on my continued pain, healing time and weaning of pain meds. I'm posting this in a couple relavent forums as well. Ty all!
See y'all soon.