Hi. I have lurked for some time now. My back injury was in March of 2009 at work.I was still working, and everyday life was painful with any tasks. I had between a grade 2 and 3 slip at surgery. I had back surgery in Jan 2010. My diagnosis was spondolysthesis(sp) and spinal stenosis. My doctor performed a decompression and stabilization with a fusion at L4/5. There are rods ,screws and hardware attached to my spine and pelvis. It took 8 hours. 4 day Hosp stay.
I returned to my regular job in a day care kitchen in april and was released with MMI in Sept.of 2010. I still had pain on a daily basis,but associated it with the healing process from surgery. In Dec of 2010, my company laid me off after 11 years, due to the economy and cutbacks.
Then,even when I was job searching for 5 months, I still had chronic back and leg pain after all my surgery. I started a new job in May of 2011,but the pain was so severe I was in tears. I could not sleep at night.
We re-opened my WC case is August. At my first appt, the Dr.took xrays. To everyone's surprise, my rods were broken! Titanium rods breaking??? Unheard of mostly. He ordered a CT Meilogram and the scan showed my fusion never took and he said it was a weak point, so the rods snapped. Now my slip at L5 is back between a grade2/3. I am waiting for another surgery in pain. He needs to go anterior and posterior this time to repair my spine.
We are seeking legal advice this go round. I cannot believe I am having another back surgery within 1.5 years of my first one. Any input is appreciated.