Hello, I use to be a very active person. Competed in gymnastics, cheer leader, ballet dancer, and love the outdoors. I live in the mountains and love hiking, rock climbing, anything outside but hunting.
I followed disasters around the world for about ten years. We helped with the clean up then we put on new roofs. I love roofing and I'm very good at it.
Then I went on to be a butcher. After four years of cutting meat I had an accident at work. It led to two back surgeries of the lumbar spine L5-S1. First surgury was just a laminectomy/diskectomy. I never got better. I had no feeling from waist down. The next surgury was a fusion with hardware at same level. This was in 2001. I pretty much made a full recovery within two years. No more pain meds.
In 2004 I went back to work as s butcher. In 2005 I re-injured my back. I told them from the get go it felt like my hardware was loose. That was never acknowledged to me, that I was right. I read this in medical papers a year later. Anyways after trying other treatments to know avail, surgury was set up for 2/17/09 and 2/18/09. A two day surgury anterior/posterior discectomy and fusion L4-5, re-instrumentation of L5-S1.
To make a long story short the two day surgury turned into four surgeries over the next three days. I got an infection, a pedicle screw was put in to tight and fractured (cracked) my pedicle bone. That screw was taken out. on top of all that a nerve was cut. I have no feeling at all in left leg from kned down. I have to wear a brace or I trip over foot, drop foot. Which happened leading to surgury on my hand putting a pin in it.. I also have CRPS from the nerve getting cut.
I'm sorry this is so long. So to make a long story short, I have a new great doctor. We've tried several procedures to put my CRPS into remission. Nothing has worked so far. I had another major surgury 9/2/10. My prior surgury was completly re- don tilting my spine and fusion of L3-4 was added.j
I've had a spinal cord stimulator put in that needs to come out, oh and did I forget to mention they think my hardware is loose again. I can't do much anymore. I spend most my time in bed. I take 80 mlg. oxicotin twice a day, 20 mlg oxicotin once a day, somas twice a day and cymbalta.
Sorry if this was to long, it's hard to explain that many back surgeries briefly. If anyone wants more details or has questions I will be happy to answer them. Thank you very much to everyone at this site. It's a lifeline one i intend to use. I just turned 50 and have been dealing with this since the age of 38.