Spinal Fusion of the S1-L5 (6 hour surgery)
I had my spinal fusion on March 23, 2010. During the installation of the cage at the S1-L5 the surgeon caused a contusion on my L5 nerve root on the interior edge. The moment I woke up from the spinal fusion my foot was partially numb along with my quad in my leg. I have had severe sciatica pain running from my L5 disc down my bum and down my right leg to the large toe. It is crippling and I can only walk, sit or stand for 30 minutes before the L5 nerve becomes inflammed and I have to lie down in bed to take the weight of my upper body off me to help with a bit of the pain. I take one 20 mg oxycodone and one percocet every 4 hours and two 7.5 mg Zopiclone sleeping pills since the surgery. My leg constantly feels like I am being electrocuted. I am wondering since the surgeon caused a contusion on my L5 Nerve root, if it will ever heal or will I have this crippling pain that makes me lie in bed 80 percent of the day? I have tried exercising but it just irritates my L5 nerve root and makes the pain so bad. As the day progresses, the pain increases and my sleeping, and eating is very limited. My surgeon ended his care with me as he said that no further surgery is needed and yet I am now worse than prior the spinal fusion. I can't work and I have been cut off of WCB because they had a crooked surgeon report I am fit to work and I am financially busted. Anyone have any answers for me as it has been almost 2 years since my surgery and yet I suffer every minute of every day. Do you think that nerve root that the surgeon damaged will ever heal? I have a 9 out of 10 in pain constantly and the opiods only bring it down to a 5 or 6. If I don't take my meds it feels like someone took a baseball bat and hit me across the lower back. Any suggestions would be great!