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"Failed Back Surgery"

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions
I was looking up a surgery for someone, and found this wonderful site for myself.

I had a Spinal Fusion almost 4 yers ago, and now I live with the most unbearable pain. The doctor also cit the L5S1 nerve so I have numbness in my back on the right side, buttocks, right side, right side leg wekness, and numbness in my , well below my wais area. I also ended up with neurogenic bladder/bowel. I was never given any medications after my surgery, and was abruptly taken of the heavy narcotics I had been on for over 2 years, so I not only had to go through severe withdrawls, I also had the most animaalist, barbaric, kind of pain one can ever imigaine after having gone througha 8 hour surgery.
I am in recovey, and had told them all this, and so my uess is that they thought I was just a drug addict. I was never given a bath, sheets were never changed. Oh it goes on.

I was not able to unrinate, and finally they had to catheriterize me, and my bladder was so full that they were alrmed even, They just wouldn't believe anything I told them

My story does not get any better as I could not walk for over a year. This has taken a part of me away it seems for ever. It has taken many passions away, like surfing, being a nurse. I will no longer see the rooms of the I.C.U. ever again. I will never work again.

I am doing better mentally. It is getting better on me, but
I still have the flashbacks. I use other support groups as

I am just really lad that I found this site. Will have to find a pic of me, the other just was fitting for today.



  • What a horrible experience you have had. How are you doing now? Do you have a doctor you like? Welcom to Spine Health. We're glad you found this site too. Susan
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. sorry to read of your horrible experience. ~X( it sounds like you are doing better using the support groups.. :D good luck and keep us informed of your progress! =D> Jenny :)
  • i'm pete and i've been on the site about a month. i feel so bad you went through the ordeal. There's no guarantee on surgery...just risk percentages of complications. you being a nurse did you use surgeon with good experience and reputation? you don't usually hear stories like yours.
    are you able to walk much?
    anyway i'll look forward to talking with you more and i hope you get as much out of sh as i have
  • Wow, Debbie, you have been through the wringer and back! What a horrible hospital experience! I am so sorry for what you've gone through! :(

    Unfortunately Hospital horror stories are not rare here, or anywhere else. It seems lack of pain control and (going along with it "nicely") just plain neglect is the largest complaint of less-than-perfect post-surgical hospital stays. The hospital I was in actually has the audacity of coming into the room, and making a big deal about writing down on a dry-erase board all the patients most important wishes for a smooth stay, then proceed to conveniently forget them. It's so unfortunate, but I believe much of it may stem from the nurses being stretched thin, which is really no excuse at all.

    I am glad that you are doing well mentally, because if you have a good mental outlook, it's this posters humble opinion, that you can do anything you put you're mind to.

    Take good care of yourself, and I hope you stick around a while!

  • My surgery failed in 90 and I equate with all your symptoms, waiting is never easy. You may well not do the job you loved, but those skills and gifts you have will be shared with others, in a from that as yet has not been available, I am now teaching and that is after not standing well for many years, so as said never give up.

    You are right to think positive and we will all help you, many have and will go after you and we have to find our own route to making it all happen.

    Ttake care and good luck.

  • I am so sorry, and this is how they treat a nurse? oh boy, this is barbaric.

  • I am so sorry your story is so bad but you have found SH. I really hope you are slowly making some progress??

    I did good for 16 weeks post first op....then not sure what happened but nose dived. Had delayed fusion and deterioration in next level so fusion was increased up next level = operation number 2.

    I never recovered from that one. Sadly one of the graft cages slipped into my spinal canal and it was never picked up til 6 months later.

    On operation number 3 it was reported cage was loose, embedded in spinal canal and was cut out. Hmmm.

    Today I am no better than before. I reached a recovery plate aux, recovered from the major operation but never recovered past that point.

    Shame, because the pain I had before any of this has definitely gone! lol!
  • I can't help but to be shocked and disgusted that you were treated so badly post surgically- it's inhumane. I feel really bad this happened to you and right now I know you're doing the best you can to deal with what transpired. I hope you have a good pain specialist to help you. I went through 2 back surgeries that failed to relieve my pain due to complications, so I understand where you're coming from. I don't know what I'd do without the help of my doctors. Whatever happens, don't give up because there are other treatment options out there available to you. Take care and we're glad to have you here >:D<
  • this is a wonderful site and i am glad you have found it ..i am appalled about the way you were treated inn hospital {are you in the UK} my wife is also a nurse {health visitor now } but she would not work in a UK hospital because the caring side have been replaced with budgets and targets..that's not her way..any way back to you ..i hope that you are now on decent pain killers ? if not how come ? you will find plenty of info here about all aspects of back problems if i can help you in any way please feel free to pm me i have been in pain 15 yeas or there abouts so i know a bit about long term pain!
    once again welcome
  • Diagnosed with T4 compression fracture in early March 2009, vertebroplasty was done on 29 June 2009.
    However I am still in great pain in the upper back
    and breathing difficulty remains. What can I do now?
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