Yesterday, was my doctor's appointment at 10:30 am. I went to work. My employers knew about my appointment. At
9:15 am, supervisor call me into her office with
director of department. Bascially my supervisor did not say anything, but the director stated they were very concerned about by pain level and it was effecting my work performance and to mention this to the doctor. I told her I would and went to the bathroom and cried. Did I mention I work for the state and right now is time for budget cuts? I went to the doctor. He stated he does not believe the 3 small disc protusion are causing me pain. He stated I have re herniation at L5 and it might be pressing on the nerve root some, but the disc is very bad and is colapsing. He believes my pain is coming from the colapsing and pressing from the vetabras/disc. I also have severe facet joint disease in both L4 and L5 and are very swollen and arthritic. He did not state if any of my pain was coming from this, but I believe it is a combination of both the herniated disc and facet joint disease. He suggested a Axial Lumber Interbody Fusion. He stated it was the only thing that would help me. He stated this would take care of the herniated disc and facet joints at L5. I asked about the joints at L4, but he did not answer. I asked him how many of these Axialif he has done and he stated 20. I was in so much shock, pain, and stress, I was speechless. By the time I got home, I was in some much pain. I forced myself to watch this surgery on the computer. I tried to stand up and could not. Second attempt and made it. I shuffled (like I was 100) to the bedroom, took 1 endocet, laid down, started to cry and asked Jesus to please help me with the pain. He told me to curl up into a ball. I did and it ease some of the pain. This morning I did some reseach on facet joint disease and I see I have all the symptons and how there are flare ups sometimes 2 times a month sometimes more. Now I am starting to understand why my pain level is a 4 or 5 somedays and managementable with 2 pain pills a day and other days a 10 plus and 4 pain pills a day does nothing.
There are only 3 surgons who do this type of surgery in Virginia. I need a second opionion before I go this route. I have called an made an appointment with one (2 hours away for 09/03 and left a message for the other one 90 minutes away. I forget. My current doctor has taken me out of work for 3 months. I believe because of consideration of Axialif. I thank the lord my pain level is at 4/5 today.
I would like to thank everyone for all the support and advice. If you have more advise, send it my way.
Everyone, have a blessed day.
Micro discectomy/hemi laminectommy March 09, 2 MRIs, Epidersal Steroid Shots, Gabapentin 3 (300), Enocet 7.5/325,