Hi all, long time lurker. Here is my story and a couple of questions for you...
I have had 3 surgeries in the last 15 months. My last was in December of 2011.
On my diagnosis on the operative report from December, my surgeon put:
1. failed back surgery
2. grade 2 spondylolisthesis
3. lumbar spinal instability
4. foraminal stenosis
5. sciatica l5-s1
I have been medically retired from my job as a classroom teacher.
With my last surgery, I had a removal of perineural fibrosis and scar tissue, a gill laminectomy, complete facetectomies and foraminotamies bilaterally, and in the area of a psuedoarthrosis, a posterolateral fusion with pedicle screws. (interbody fusion was done a year previous).
Here is the kicker, I am still in tremendous back, butt, and leg pain. My feet just throb even after I lie down.
I know that I was at higher risk, but once you are diagnosed with FBSS, is it a diagnosis that stays with you and just comes to managing symptoms?
I had high hopes for this surgery as it was done by the best surgeon in the southeast. He offered me no promises, but I was still hopeful.
My second question is this, in September, I was diagnosed with chronic nerve damage via emg on the left leg and acute damage on the right (both at the l5/s1 level) and nothing was done to address this until December. Could I now be experiencing permanent nerve damage?
Thanks in advance!
Dec10 Fusion due to grade 2 spondylolisthesis and sciatica. L5/S1. Failed.
Aug11 Hardware Removal, Dural Tear, Foot Drop
Dec11 Salvage fusion at same place. Also a failure.
August 2012 Spinal cord stimulator