Before you begin to listen to my story I want to say this isnt to scare anyone. Im just telling my story so you can look at all aspects of the surgery, I have spoken to several people who have success stories mine is not.
After having back pain for 13 years was referred to the spinal doctor and was determined that degenerate disk was present at the L5-S1 area. Before the surgery tried Pysical Therapy, ice cold therapy and several others. Surgery was scheduled for October 2009 for a L5-S1 spinal fusion...wish I would have gotten a 2nd or even 3rd opinion!!!
Ok so surgery day comes and I have family there with me at the ER. They call me back to get me prepped for surgery, Two IV's, monitors etc. They call family back while we're waiting ....Surgery time was 2:00 pm and time kept going by. Before we knew it it was 4:00. The nurse came out and said the Surgeon had some issues with the surgery before me and was going to be longer, so we had to reschedule mine to MONDAY morning....this was THURSDAY??? So they had to take out the IV's etc. I should have known then that this was a sign not to do the surgery?? What was so bad about this, the week before I had worried my self t death about it. Now im thinking to myself I have 3 more days to worry about having it again??
So Monday comes and I have the surgery...dont remember it. After surgery I had a hard time waking up...I would talk to nurse but wouldnt open my eyes. they couldnt give me any pain medicine until i woke from the surgery. It took 2 hours , so I was in terrible pain, and had a cathedor....ouchhh!!!! My mother and wife said this was very scaring because i wouldnt wake up , but i was trying to rip out my staples. Anyway Surgery was Monday and they were going to let me go home Thursday if I could void when they took cathedor out. i tried but couldnt blood pressure jump to 165 i believe and I fainted. So they kept me till friday night and had to go home with cathedor.....uggggh!! Came home friday night and felt ok but not great. Saturday, Sunday felt ok then on Monday started sweating and having chills. All day Monday Tuesday, Tuesday night had chills sweats and then started vomiting. Still had 28 staples in back so couldnt move, and face was red, shaking etc.
Now its gets good (not really good at all)Wife decided she was taking me to ER but Being she couldnt get me in the car she called rescue. Rescue comes out and transports me to ER (with cathedor)...wasnt a pleasant ride. Get to ER and tell them the symptoms Im having,they give me MIR, well 6 hours later they told me I had a urinary track infection because of the cathedor. So we go back home at midnight and Im still having chills and hot flashes vomiting, so my wife calls the surgeon. The PA calls her back the next morning (so remember Ive been home since friday```this is now Thursday)she tells him the symtoms and whats been going on and he tells her to get me back to the ER ASAP. Ok the ER were I had the surgery is about 35 minutes away so we get in the car and I feel like death was coming. NO~ really something came over me on that ride like I was going to DIE!! So we get to the ER there waiting for me at the front door and take me back immediately they wanted to test me for a pulminary embolism ~~ blood clot. After the test they told wife that it was positive ~~ I had a blood clot in right lung. I was there for 45 minutes when the told us, were the local ER had no clue after 6 hours. So they readmit me to the hospital for 4 more days to get me on blood thinners. I was stuck (needles) felt like 100 times, trying to get IV's back in me and the blood thinners they gave me every -5-6 hours. So 4 days later get back home still having to wear the cathedor and now having to take cumadin for 6 months and another thinner was a shot i had to give myself every 6 hours.
So what a eventful 7 days that was,
:prep for surgery
:unprep for surgery
:prep for surgery
:go home with cathedor
:go to local ER 6 hours
:to to surgery ER
:blood clot located
:have to take blood thinners for 6 months and shots
:wore cathedor for three weeks OUCHHHHHHH!!!
So now Im in the healing process and its going ok the 5-6 months. Then the issues that im having now started coming on and its terrible. My right leg has a pain that shoots from my hip down my leg and under my foot. I spoke to the doctor and he states he thinks its a soft tissue issue and hopes its not a nerve. He gives me some muscle relaxers and at the 6 month part sent me to PT ~ physical therapy. Wow did that hurt, did that for about a week and my left hip started swelling~~ so he advised to stop PT for now. So at the 7 month mark started PT again, and surgeon gave me injection to help witht he swelling and joint pain. So doctor gave me something for pain and muscle relaxer and says see in 2-3 months and to take it easy!! Well then the pain was delebitating in my right hip area still, I can sit for about 30-45 minutes and then it starts to ache, tingle and go numb. Then I have to stand up for 45 minutes, then it does the same thing, and if i rotate my hip about 2-3 inches it pops really loud and feels like it catches. So I go to hip doctor and he does a MIR for torn labrem and it comes back negative. Ok now I go back to the doctor last week and he says hes got to figure out whats wrong it could either be hip issues, muscle issue or NERVE DAMAGE. He sends me to another doctor for a series of shots(3) to see if helps, along with taking gabapentin and flexiril for muscle spasms. The new doctor says he's going to do a EMG & NCS ~~ELECTOMYOGRAPHY ~~ NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY, before he does the injections. Also said I may have burcitis on my hip?
My pain now is probably a 8-9 every day now, as Im typing this my right leg is burning and twitching from my hip, down my leg and foot. I get some relief if I lay flat, that way my leg and hip is straight out. This hip issue wasnt present before the surgery, so now Im worried
I am so aggrevated with the outcome of the surgery, at least before the surgery I could funtion in life. Now I'm having to taKE medicine every day and just lay here. I mean who wants to sit for 45 minutes~ stand for 45 minutes for 24 hours? I set here with my hip, leg , foot burning on fire, tingling, numb??
OK I've got my rant and rave out today.....so does anyone have any solutions or options to my situation? I know theres risk with surgery but I feel now 6 months after surgery Im being pushed aside by the doc. Is it because of the situation at hand and taking fought?? Im only 39 and try to be very positive, but the doubt or what ifs start to creep in ..what if?
Any way thanks for letting me rant and get my story out. As I said in the opening , this isnt to scare anyone, just my way of maybe healing emotionally on the inside. I say this because if helps someone get a second opinion then IM thankful and that makes me heal on the inside.
Thanks for any suggestions or replies.