It's been a while since I've posted on here so I thought I'd post an update for anyone that maybe interested.
I had my fusion of L4/5 done on November 16th last year and I had to drive 75 miles to see my surgeon yesterday as I'm still in quite alot of pain. I'm currently having to take 160mgs OXYCODONE HYDROCHLORIDE along with 150mgs of PREGABLIN.
I take the OXY' morning and night as they're a 12 hour slow release medication and the PREGAB' 3 times a day.
I asked him if he could explain why I was still suffering and he said all fusion surgery is 80/20 meaning that the success rate has been 80% so I'm part of the unlucky 20%.
It was then that we discussed my options.
Firstly he said he'd referred me to another colleague whose speciality is Pain Management and he suggested that I give that a go for a further 6 months.
I mentioned that I'd heard about something called 'Nerve block injections' and he dismissed that by saying with my condition I was way past that.
If after 6 months of Pain Management he said there was another surgical procedure he could try which would involve going in through the front below my navel and inserting a cage and fusing the offending disc from the front aswell.
Again this procedure has an 80/20 success rate but there was a nasty possible complication called Retrograde Ejaculation.
This REALLY put me off(please forgive me for not describing it) so I've got my fingers crossed for the Pain Management which starts on December 13th at 3:10pm GMT.
Anyway,apart from all that life is wonderful if you ignore the fact that I've also just been medically retired from my job as a Prison Officer.
Seasons Greetings everybody.