Hello All, I have just joined this forum but have been reading thru the many posts on SCS as now this is th direction the PM doctor wants to go after trying Facet joint injections that did nt work also epidural that didnt work and various other experiments.
My story is long winded but i will give a breif version.
Basicaly i was a Flooring contractor with my own company. 5 years ago and having no back problems upto that time I lifted a full roll of vinyl ( weighing about 25 stone) being short i did this by leaning back and picking up off the ground ( i had done this many times) I walked 2 steps when i can only describe as an explosion in myLower back.
I ended up having emergency surgery for a Massive prolapsed Disc at th L5/S1. The surgery did nt go well, what was meant to Take 2 hours took 6 due to complications ( to this day i dont know what). After surgery the Surgeon asked my wife if ihad been in a major car crash due to the direction of the disc going ( apparently MM from my cord)Also he said my lower back was a mess. ANyway i had a total retrieval of the left and right L5/S1. I never recovered as i should and after 1 year of back and forth had 2 emgs done that showed Chronic Permanent nerve damage that was deteriating.
They didnt fuse my spine at the original surgery due to complications ? . Anyway 5 years on, I have muscle weakness in the legs, Bladder and bowel issues, no feeling whatsoever in my left leg, Nerve pain bilateral from bum to toes, severe cramps in legs etc. Recent MRI showed bone on bone at L5/S1 with arthritis and wear. Also my Spine is DEad straight from top to Bottom. The original surgeon said i crushed the nerve flat ( apparently he operates when nerve is compromised 20% Mine was 90%) and be thankful i can walk but i had a patch up job and the spine will not take me to old age ( i am 38 Male).
Anyway i have seen the OS who say they feel it is to dangerous to fuse, as they have more chance of paralysing me and i get the usual we are sorry but there is nothing we can do.
so now the PM is going thru the motions to get me a SCS, Trial first for 2 weeks then if all goes well the permanent. I Live in the UK so have to wait for him to get the GRant accepted.
My only question i have is my Spine is very unstable but yet every OS i See will not touch me for a fusion due to the history and condition of the lower back ( a complete mess gets mentioned alot) but if i have the SCS and my spine needs a fusion or more surgery, will this be possible with a SCS Fitted.
Thanks and sorry for the Book LOL, but i thought i would get some of the history basics out of the way