Just getting the cob webs out of my head a little enough to form thoughts. My first thought is "Ouch!"
Back History: Had a "minimally invasive" fusion in January to no avail. Constant aching in back, severe pain down the legs. I worked, worked, and worked, but it never got to a livible level. I was on temp disability from Jan-September.
It started Nov. 11. I was scheduled for a laminectomy at 9 am. My surgeon was working on another case, so they were running behind. The nurses in the pre-op were great. They kept my family and myself as comfortable as possible. The delay went from 3 - 8 hours. I was in my pre-op bed, I had everything hooked up, just needed to be rolled in.
My wife and I were concerned that with the surgeon working on such a tough case that took over 12 hours, would he be able to work on me with all of the care possible. We were assured that he does this all of the time, so I went for it head first....big mistake.
They found a ligament that looked like it was causing A LOT of pain in my lower back, and they shaved some bone to open up the canal where the nerve root passes. Something went wrong, and I was severely leaking csf (spinal fluid)
I cannot sit here and blame all of this on my surgeon. There is a thread on here I started already about a dural tear some time ago. Since then, I have been hospitalized for over a week, and now have a picc line hanging out of my left arm.
I really had a bad run this surgery, and it took its toll on all of my senses. I have lived 10 years with severe back pain. I have had injections, procedures, tests, and more procedures. Some were to try to get the discs to grow into themselves, so just to see if a new technique worked, but I always thought they were the worst. Not even close.
All of the above equals pain, but I honestly thought I was tripping on acid (had a room-mate in college.....you know).
My poor wife stayed by my bedside to basically "baby sit" me for lack of a better word. I had such bad pain, I was blacking out, acting drunk, and other embarrassing stories everyone is starting to feel comfortable in sharing (I was trying to see if my cath was in right, so I was asking/showing whoever came into my room take a look to see if everything was as it should be,
It was over Turkey day, so I kind of got the B team at the hospital on the floor I was on. They were nowhere near prepared for what was happening with me.
After my 2nd surgery in less than a week (2nd was going back into the original incision, and doing a dural reconstruction.)
So...I am here, somewhat, seeming to make it through one of the worst, most painful experience so far. I seem to be getting stronger every day, but these infusions 2x daily are a buzz-kill. My picc line isn't working right, so they have to manually stick me for blood tests.
Bodies are made tough, even when pused to their limit, but here I am. My back obviously hurts where the incision is, but the worst seems to be gone. I just feel the new pain, so hopefully that is ALL that is there.
Spine surgeries are not pretty, the do hurt, and you should be POSITIVE all other avenues were taken before resorting to surgery. It is LIFE ALTERING.