Well...one year ago today, I remember taking out all my belongings out of my locker at work, shutting it, and walking out of the room, down the hall; looking around like this was it..the last time I would be making these tracks. I walked away alone, and never looked back. After 30 years physically taking care of so many people, although I didn't have a clue of what life would be like, what I did know was my life was about to take a new direction. My old life was gone; derailed permanently.
I saw my NS today. Six months ago there was NO visible fusion noted on xray. My surgeon patted me on the back. I walked out again without answers. Thank God for my PT. She insisted on me wearing a Bone Growth Stimulator, and I am so glad that she advocated for me, because, three months later, I was laying down bone, and today, I have significant bone growth. They said it was not quite a solid mature fusion yet, but both he and his PA were pleased. He said it would probably be there in 6 more months, and to continue wearing the bone stimulator. The hardware looks perfectly placed as well. Am I putting in a plug for the bone stimulator, well partially. I did improve my nutrition and took specific supplements to enhance bone growth. So...I can't say what was the predominate reason, but I will continue all three. I see the NS's PA in 4 months for another xray.
That was the good news. The bad news...the pain/numbness has worsened over time, and is very severe. Why? I have not a clue. I've only had xrays since January, when I did have a MRI. My six month xray report by the radiologist suggested that radionuclide imaging may be helpful. My NS surely saw the report but I had so much to discuss with him over the 5 alloted minutes, and was overwhelmed as I always am, to date it has not be discussed...He was initially obscessed with me working; not caring if it is my career or not, whether I lost my health insurance or not, disability ins. or not. So I continue to tread lightly. I've been very proactive about improving my situation, and maybe finding some answers along the way.
I went to an interventional PM doc in late Aug thru Oct 5th and had 3 endoscopic spinal procedures, which has left me in horrible pain...it also left me with a dr who would not evaluate and treat the pain he caused. What do you do? I turned back to my NS. For the past month he has helped manage my pain. He wants me to find another PM doc...this time I want one who will actually sit down with me, use a guideline for the treatment of the chronic pain patient. Hopefully he/she will send me for some additional imaging. Again, getting to the root of the pain/numbness, then treating/managing. Right?! Oh, I can't sit up and support my spine either. I have to have a large pillow to lean very far back.
Where then do you turn if you don't get the answers you seek??