I have had 4 back surgeries within the past 5 years. First I had an artifical disc put in my lower back (L5-S1). Then a year later had problems with it so they had to go in and remove the plastic piece in the middle that was slipping and causing me pain. So the doctor fused my back and with in a year it caused herniated disc up my spine and I had to have surgery on my T6-7 disc it was so bad that if I would of fallen it would of paralized me. With that surgery it left me with a burning pain on the right side of my back. Then I developed an hemangioma at the C5 which is big enough that I have to get it checked every year. I was told if I lose weight that my back would feel better. Well I could not do it on my own so I had gastric bypass and lost 130 pounds. I now weight 120 pounds but had increased pain in my back. I could feel the metal fusion and it was painful. So I had surgery and had it removed in Feb 2010. Then on March 20 my back was still swollen and I thought it was from the surgery but then I was driving on a trip and felt my clothes wet and within one hour of leaving my house my clothes were soaked with blood and fluid which leaked out of the bottom of the scare. I went to the ER where they sent me to the ER hospital where my back surgery was done so the doctor on call could take care of me. Five days later they did surgery and reopened me to find out I had staph infection so bad that it was attacking my muscle. The doctor told us it was like a soupy hamberger look and he scraped the muscle to the healthy part and flushed me out with antibiotics and put me on IV antibiotics for about 4 days and sent me home on them for 2 weeks. Then upon the end of the 2 weeks I got my stiches out and there was no swelling at all. Now its been a month and I have swelling again so I contacted my doctor who will not be back tell tuesday so his PA took care of me and did a CT scan and blood work. Which showed I do have swelling and my blook work is normal which it was when I had the staph infection. So I am worried is this going to happen again. So the PA doc drained some of the fluid to do a culture on it so I will find out Monday what it is, but the PA thinks it is just a seroma. Now it is filling up with fluids still and I wear a back brace and hope it will help. I don't know what is going to happen but it is scarey when you get fluids in your back and spinal area. My pain has increased and I am on pain medication every 4 hours. My legs both hurt the left worse than the right. What can I do.