A quick introduction of who I am first: Im a divorced 32 year old mom to 3 beautiful kids...11, 9 and 7.
I was diagnosed in March 2009 with Spinal Dtenosis, DDD and Spondylosis. I had a laminectomy in May 2009..
Then spent 3 months in the hospital in Feb. 2010 til May 2010 when I had a triple fusion/decompression surgery.
I recovered relatively well altho it was veyr tough I was told by my surgeon that the fusion was succesful. I wore my back brace for 3 months and abided by the strict orders.
By September 2010 I was given the go ahead to start getting back to regular life. By Christmas I started having pain again...went to emerg in January and had xrays- there ,I found out that one of my rods was cracked.
I was sent to see my back surgeon and he said we could either wait to see if it settles, or go ahead to investigate. I told him I needed a couple of weeks to sort this thru as I had NOT been expecting to need another repeated surgery. I had a catheter inserted in late February as I started getting urinary retention, just like last year. Darned spinal nerves.
Mid February I was back to see him and he scheduled another surgery for March 22 (it was cancelled because my Dr. lost his O.R date. ARGH!) I have been since rescheduled for April 26th.
At this point I am exhausted 90% of the time from doing practically nothing. Even walking 25 feet into a store from the car is out of my agenda so I just don't do it..without my wheelchair. I am walking around the house, carefully. Some moments I feel okay but then out of nowhere I move slightly wrong and am overcome with pain.
The past 4 nights my catheter doesnt seem to be draining unless I am vertical...my pain changed about 4 days ago more severe on the left quarter of my body and I'm concerned about a herniated disk or something causing it...but, im not sure.
I'm just looking for support from others who "get" back pain. My life has changed so drastically in the past 2 years since being diagnosed and moreso since February when my ability to do virtually any kind of normal every day activity has dwindled.
The surgery has been listed as an exploration as well as replacement of hardware & refusion. So, I'm not sure what he will see when he does get in there.
Thanks for reading and I hope to get to know some of you.