Hello my fellow achers,
This is my first post as I have no idea how to obtain the answers I seek.
Last December I lifted a frenzied dog at work as I am a certified veterinary technician. Trying to stabilize the dog from falling I felt something give way in my back and KNEW it was not good.
I was diagnosised with spondololithesis,herniated disc and ddd. My fracture was bad enough I could not work without having surgery as my spine was so unstable.
Being 35 I figured that there was no time like the present and just needed the pain to end and get on with my life.
Workmans comp hooked me up with a great surgeon out of Mass General and surgery was done June 3rd,08.I cried for 48 hours as no pain control could combat the pain.I was on heavy heavy doses of opioids for 2 months post op and was immobile basically up to 3 months.
I started PT and its been torture and my pain is consistent and I have no stamina and no pain free movement.
My surgeon ordered a CT and due to that has ordered an MRI and lidocaine injections as he believes that a screw or screws are causing my continued pain.
His plan is to manage my pain and to remove the screws...
A lot of what is happening post op I really feel I was left in the dark about.I also had no idea how dibilitating this procedure would leave me until I heal.Now I am to have another surgery to remove the screws and Im just ~X( !
I was under the impression that the fusion can take up to a year.So does that mean I get to suffer as I am until fusion is complete and them they will remove the screws?
At this time I know I am unable to work as it hurts to do trivial things.To be productive is to be in pain.Now with the recent findings is recovery even further off?
How stable will my spine be if the screws are removed this early?
Any insight would be appreciated
Thank yah and please feel better