Okay, I am totally freaking out, scared out of my mind and terribly confused. To make a long story short, I have had 3 back surgeries in 3 years. First was a bilateral lumbar laminectomy that was supposed to be done at L4-5, but the doctor screwed up and did surgery at L3-4. I obviously didn't get better. Tried the trial of the spinal cord stimulator and was going to go forward with that but then I injured L3-4 (where the doctor screwed up) when I carried my then 2 year old in to daycare. I then had a two level fusion L3-5 in June 2009 and then had my hardware removed in June of 2010. Still have had problems, and then within the last month my problems completely worsened. I have extreme back pain and pain in my butt and right leg all the way down to my toes. I called my surgeon and they scheduled me for an MRI. I see him this coming Thursday. His nurse was not overly specific but said that my MRI showed that I had bulging discs at L3-4 and L4-5 and that I had an extreme amount of scar tissue. She said that the doctor would need to look at it to let me know if any of the bulges or scar tissue were compromising any of my nerves. How can you have bulging discs where you had a fusion surgery?? Has this ever happened to anyone else? I asked the nurse and she said something about you can't if you have an interbody fusion? All I know is that I had a two level fusion. I had two rods (bars) and screws and he used BMP. Can doctors redo fusions, or can they remove scar tissue? If I have to have another surgery I am just going to die. I have a 3 year old daughter who has never known me to be well, which just breaks my heart, my husband and I are separated partially because of my chronic pain issues, and I will totally lose my job. Does anyone know if you do have a compromised nerve, can you do permanent damage if you wait to take care of it? Any thoughts or information will be so incredibly appreciated.
1987 - compression fracture L3-4
Too many injections to even count
2008 - Bilateral laminectomy supposed to be done at L4-5 but it was done at L3-4
2009 trial of spinal cord stimulator
June 2009 - two level fusion L3-5
June 2010 - hardware removal
currently taking, Oxycontin, Norco, Valium, Baclofen, Neurontin and Cymbalta