My name is Robyn and my husbands name is Lou. He is 51 years old and has had 5 back surgeries. The last 2 were spinal fusions. The first fusion was done in 2005 and it was on L5 S1. I think thats correct. If not he will let me know.. The last fusion was done in February of this year (2009) and it was on L2 L3 & L4. The surgeon removed the metal from the original fusion in 2005. The problem we have now is, He is in HORRIBLE pain at the site of the original fusion in 2005, the one that they just removed the metal from. Not only that, he had an MRI done 2 weeks ago. The radiologist who read the MRI noted in his report that L1 looks bulged and torn. This is exactly what he had fixed in the discs below in Feb.
The surgeon then looked over the MRI and told my husband ( I wasn't able to go with him that day I was sick) that infact L1 is NOT bulged and torn it only looks that way on the MRI because it's an indentation from the surgery. I am still not sure if my husban mis understood him. WHAT does an indentation from the surgery mean? Haven't got a clue. He told my husband that because he's been opened up so many times he's not shocked that he's in the pain he's in but he did expect him to be feeling better than he is. He also said a lot of my husbands pain is coming from Neuropathy which we agree. He told my husband to give it 2 more months, this was in April and then he wants to do another set of Xrays and see whats going on..
The problem now is, in the last 2 weeks my husband is right back where he was before his original fusion in 2005 and now he's having problems being able to walk because of the pain. He woke up in the morning on 2 occasions in the last 2 weeks where he couldn't get up to walk because he hurt so bad. He says it feels like someone has a knife stuck in his back, the pain also once again, is radiating down his legs making them weak across his entire lower back into his feet. His feet and legs go numb again and at times the pain is radiating into his groin again. We've been through all of this before his fusion in 2005. How can his surgeon say there is nothing wrong?
We both know what neuropathy is and what it can do but what my husband is feeling is NOT neuropathy. Currently, well for the last 3 years he's on Fentanyl patches 150Mgs every 3 days, 60 mg's of morphine every 8 hours, Tylenol, Neurontin 1600 mgs every 8 hours 20 mgs of valium when needed and just 2 weeks ago our MD gave him a script for Amytripoline to see if it would help with the neuropathy and help him sleep which is barely does..
He's also been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease.
Needless to say, his mental state isn't well. He's depressed, aggravated and frustrated, who wouldn't be right?
I am at my wits end because I don't know what to do for him.. Does this ever end? Is there any hope?
Sorry this is so long and thank you for taking the time to read it all.