I had back surgery, a lower limbar fusion on L5/S1 with rods and screws Feb 15 2011 this year.
Before my surgery I spent 5 years going from dr to dr trying to figure out why I had such horrible lower back and leg pain. I was even once put into a study on Fibro even though I knew i did not have it.
January 2011 I went to see an orthopedic dr. Since i have tricare standard for my insurance I do not need referrals.
He put me into PT, which made my pain worse. By this time my Primary Dr had me on 400 mgs of tramadol a day.
The Ortho Dr sent me to see the Ortho surgeon. On Feb 4 I met him and per my 100th MRI he showed how my spine was deformed, possibly happening due to a car accident I had 13 yrs ago.
Feb 15th I was in sugery having the lumbar fusion, ONLY bc he sd Ot would make me better!!
I am a bit over 8 months after sugery and my pain in my legs has trippled while my back pain has doubled!!
I no l no l no longer see him as my hubby recieved orders for GA and we are now here.
I have a new ortho surg who swears up and down anyone with that surgery is 100% better after month 3. He put me into pain mamagment. My PM Dr is amazing, she listens and cares.
However whats important is before surgery I was on 400 mgs of tramadol, after surgery 10mgs of vicodin 2 4x's a day to now 10 mgs of percocet, 1 3x's a day and methadone 10 mgs, 1 twice a day!
But my pain is still worse! Everyone says everything looks fine but my pain says otherwise! Im scared bc I dont know whats wrong!