When I went back to see my latest ortho. surgeon to figure out where this increased pain was coming from about a month ago. I really expected It could be my scs ipg had migrated or maybe to much tension on the leads. I also knew 3 years ago when he looked at the mri, I had ddd in L3-L2 with moderate buldging and remarkable narrowing. At that time he said to come back and see him and a new procedure would be FDA approved to do surgery on it. At that time surgery wasn't an option because they couldn't go in from either front or back because of scar tissue and too much plaque. The new procedure would be from the side.
Well I had no intention of getting surgery #6 and had accepted the fact that I would be in chronic pain the rest of my life. But when I got the x rays done at the visit. They kept having me go back to the room for more views. And it showed that disc was gone! And the vertebrae had calcified and made bone spurs. And that was the cause of the extra pain and the severe pain spikes. All that happened in 3 years + - ?
I assumed it would take quite some time to jump through the hoops of work comp. I needed a discogram, a ct scan, an appointment to discuss the surgery, etc. So it wasn't blowing my mind with my white coat syndrome and fear of anesthesia. I thought they would all come 1 at a time.
I got approval for everything today and it must all be done by 12/23/09
Now I'm overwhelmed and feel pressure to make quick decisions. I could trade average pain of 5-6 with constant spikes of 8 for the possibility of having every disk in the lumbar range fused. Unless L1-2 is good. For a surgeons goal of pain level to go down to 2-3.
And that is good but how would I tie my shoes or do anything else for that matter. This new high tech. surgery is the only surgery that could be done on me. And there are only 5 or 6 surgeons qualified to do it. My surgeon has his professorship and teaches this new technique at U.C.Davis.
So I'm freaked out. And I didn't see any of this coming!
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