Hi everyone.im new here. I want to know after all ive gone thru Which im going to post below- Do I have a 4th surgery, live in chonic pain for life. Or is there any thing more that can be done for me? Basically I slipped in 05. I was having lower back pain and leg pain for months. and pain was very severe. went to see neurosurgeon. he did mri xrays It showed that I had spondyulitis, and it was a grade 1.My disc was 25% slippige of disc Also there was and still is a spot on lower back size ofhalf dollar that when you press on it I jump and yell in pain. Well I decided to try surgery. So 1st surgery was in 2006 . So he did fusion with cages, screws, After surgery I was suppose to be healing up. But after alot of months still pain lower back and leg pain and still had that pain that if you touch I jump and scream in pain. And neurosurgeon also felt screw in back that was loosing up. So 2007 I had my 2nd surgery. Hardware removed and during surgery he seen fusion wasnt fusing correctly. So he did a refusion. Well here we go again in 2008 still having that pain in lower back and leg pain getting worse neurosurgeon did some tests and said lets try so water therapy and regular therapy. well that didnt do nothing. then I tried nerve blocks and nothing worked for pain. I was on pain meds for back and legs called hydromorphone and valium. Well this helped about only 30%. So after all that he said a lamenectomy should help. I said ill only do 1 more surgery. I had lamenectomy done and that didnt help At All. after 3 surgeries I went another neurosugeon and
in 2009 did mri on lower back and another emg test- After 3 surgeries these reports show NOW that I have degenective disc disease, sponylisis, athritis and severe scar tissue, and went from a grade 1 slippage to a grade 2 slippage of disc and now neuropathy in both legs, tingling, foot fallls asleep. the spot on lower back is still gives me pain. I only sleep 3 hours and wake up in pain and back,legs are stiff and have to move back slowly to my other side and do this every 3 hours while at night.
So Im in worse condition than I started and reports prove this. And my neurologists said do you want to try for 4th surgery? I said I did 3 and didnt work. Whats gonna say a 4th surgery will help.
So now that you know my story Please is there any other options for me? Im still on the meds but that only helps 30% Im in severe chronic pain. Is there anything I can do beside 4th surgery or do I have to live like this for rest of my life as im only 47. Please any answers or anyone who has gone thru what ive gone thru in 5th years Please help. Thank you