I'm hoping to find some emotional support from this group, as I can't seem to find answers anywhere else. I've phoned my NS, who did my L4-5 micro-discectomy four weeks ago, but he hasn't returned my call in five days. I call the office and leave a message every day, and once even used the "physician's line" to get to a real person! They were pissed, but so am I. Are all neurosurgeons this uncaring about their patients, post-op? He was very nice and understanding BEFORE my surgery. Now he won't do me the courtesy of returning my calls to answer my questions!
I have a blood clotting disorder that requires me to be on lifetime Coumadin. It causes everything I do, medically, to be more complicated. I'm worried now, since I'm regaining the leg pain that I had for three years before the surgery, that fluid may be building up that should be drained. I had another surgery a few years ago where I had a recurring seroma that needed to be drained every week. Well, the Dr. finally got tired of my coming in every week, I guess, 'cuz he came in the last day and told me I was just getting a fat pocket there, and he didn't drain it. To this day, I have a little pocket of congealed serum under my skin that, indeed, looks like fat! I've had Dr.'s since then ask me about my "seroma" because they've seen it on the MRIs! Now I'm scared that if I let this NS drop me through the cracks of post-op callousness, I'll develop problems like before and my nerves will suffer for it. I'm willing, even, to go off my Coumadin for a few weeks (dangerous for me) after they drain any possible fluid. I should have done that last time, so the seroma would stop refilling.
Is the old pain coming back just a normal symptom of healing? I've read so many stories about people fearing their surgery has failed, like me. Is it normal for a NS to let a patient wait days and days for a return call? I really want an MRI, to calm me or get me the help I need, since I'm not your average patient.
Any and all help would be MOST appreciated!
Lost and Alone