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Now what?

fishinwidow98ffishinwidow98 Posts: 54
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had my hardware removed 6/30/11. From that surgery I inherited an incision that wouldn't heal. I had a wound vac for a while, then went to a wound specialist who packed the wound resulting in home health coming out every other day to change the packing, and still no healing. It would close and reopen. 11/18/11 I had surgery to clean out the incision. During this time the dr. found a 6cm piece of packing gauze that had been in my back for some time. This caused me a great deal of pain, now that it's out I feel 'better'.

I still have this numbness/tingling/pain in my left leg. I'm on 1800mg of Neurontin which takes the 'edge' off of the annoying tingles, but it DOES affect my movements etc... Will this ever go away? Sounds and feels like neuropathy but I don't know. There is still mild pain in my back (no lower than a 3, no higher than a 6) but I am weaning off my medication (Perc 7.5) so I want to know-- what now? What can I do to make this go away? The pain, the tingles, the medications? I want it ALL done!! Any suggestions or advice or even support? Thanks!


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I'm sorry for all you've been through. Is the wound healing properly now? I hope that with time the nerves and stuff will settle down. I know that doesn't help you now though.

    I haven't had lumbar surgery but I did have a morton's neuroma removed from my foot which caused terrible nerve pain so I know the lightening pains nerves can cause. I almost gave up on it ever healing and then about two years post op it miraculously went away.

    Sorry I don't have any better advice or help for you. Just wanted you to know there's hope and I'm here for you. Good luck

  • what needs to be done to improve your symptoms, but since I'm not a doctor (none of us are), I can't. It could go away in time; nerves take time to heal. Hang in there! Love 'n >:D< >:D< >:D< , Ess
  • ouch, wow I am so sorry for your continued pain :( May I ask why the hardware was removed? I just had a TLIF last week and my surgeon said that they almost never remove the hardware... this frightens me!! Also 1800 MG of Nuerontin?? that is A LOT.. I am only on 300 MG and it seems to help. I sure hope things start looking up for you. Please keep us updated as this is very interesting to me... HUGS
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