this is my first time posting so Im sorry if this is long.. I will try and make it as short as possible.. My husband has had 5 back surgeries..3 discectomies and 2 fusions. First fusion was done in 2005 on L2 3 and S1 I think I have that right.. Last fusion was done in 2009 L 3 & 4..Since the 2009 surgery he's been in HORRENDOUS pain.. We were back to his surgeon a million & one times who kept taking x rays, mri's and telling us nothing was wrong..
We just saw a new surgeon he took X rays and an MRI and it showed that the metal screws and rods on the top of the fusion are not connected to anything so they are flip flopping in his back basically stabbing him in the nerves, muscles etc with every movement.. He also found that the disc is still in there and herniated. His recommendations are either an Xlif or more likely an ALIF..Now here's the caveat
This surgeon wants my husband to quit smoking which I completely agree with but when you have smoked as long as we have it doesn't happen over night.. it's HARD to quit. It's worse than heroine. For those who don't believe that, look it up.. Its worse than a heroin addiction.
This new surgeon will NOT touch my husband until he is completely nicotine free. My husband has been on the patch for 2 days but between the massive pain and neuropathy he's in from his back and now the withdraw from the smoking I don't think he's going to make it as long as it's going to take to be completely nicotine free.
He's also on 100mcg's of Fentanyl Duragesic patches for pain which he changes every 3 days. 60 mg's of Morphine 3 times a day, 1800 mg's of Neurontin per day, 10 mg's of valium as needed, plus prescription ibuprofen and these meds are doing nothing..
My husband can barely walk, he does nothing but flail in pain on the couch and he's not slept a full night in months..We dont' know what to do .. He needed correction surgery like.. yesterday but this surgeon wants him to wait because of the smoking.. This could take MONTHS.. We just dont know what to do.. We live in Myrtle Beach so it's not like there is a large pool of neurosurgeons.. Any suggestions?