Hi guys, I haven't been on for quite some time, but SH did help me through my 3 level lumbar fusion performed 2-1/2 years ago. I have been experiencing 24-7 chronic pain since surgery for about 8 months now, and finally had the nerve to go get checked out by my Neurosurgeon for the on-going pain. (It has progressively gotten worse since surgery) I am totally limited in everything with excrutiating pain.
When I first went back to my surgeon that did the fusion, he said that ddd has set into the L-5 pretty bad according to my MRI's. I have L-2-3-4 fused. Bad thing is, when he first performed the surgery, he told me at that time that my fusion "MAY" weaken the vertabra above and below my fusion,.... well it happened. He wants to perform yet another fusion adding to the current one. BUT, to perform that he would have to take out all the current fusion, re-do the whole thing through my belly this time, and add a level L-5/S-1. Well of course this nauseated me to no end knowing that it took me more than a year to heal from the 3 level fusion. I'm scared to death in other words!!!
So I decided to get a second opinion from 2 other surgeons. They stated that my fusion "forced" my spine into scoliosis, turning my spine, as I was healing from the fusion. (great :-(... It not only twisted my spine a little, it forced curvature also at the thoratic level. Lucky me!!!!
Now those surgeons suggestion was to take out the current fusion, then add 2 more levels, to make me a 5 level fusion, OR do only the L-5/S-1, but they would still have to re-do the whole thing, you can't just "add" a fusion to a current fusion because of the long "rods". OR, go to a "Scoliosis Surgeon" and see how he would approach this twisting, and curving, (which is what I'm doing) OR live with the pain the rest of my life (I'm 54) continuing with the percocet and anti-inflamatories, and it to continue to get worse, then needing surgery at 60 or till I can't take it anymore. Well the healing process from any of this as MANY of you know, is long, long, long and painful. How would my body be able to handle recovery at the age of 60? I know what would happen, I would be wheel chair bound the rest of my life!!!
So my question is? What the heck should I do. And surgery is inevitable. I'm just sick over this!!! I just want this 24-7 pain gone!!!