So many of you have had some very interesting posts. Interesting is not good in most of the cases. Like my interesting case, it's been a horrible journey for the last several years to get where I am now. Though many of you all have endured many more surgeries, much more pain, and for a much longer time than I have. Now that I have joined this world, I didn't know it was so populated. As with so many of you, coming here to read about others and possibly express my own pain and frustration is the only outlet I have. No one in my family really understands the extent of the misery. Even my wife doesn't know the whole physical and emotional difficulty dealing with the pain every day.
I'm a 63 year old male who's had a 2 level Cervical fusion (C5-6-7) in 2010, a one level Lumbar fusion (L-4-5) in 2011, a left foot surgery (second metatarsel decompression) to remove the arthritis in 2012, and I'm scheduled for a 2nd Cervical fusion (C-7 to T-1) and Laminectomy of C-6 on August 28th (two weeks). These seemed to all be happening at about the same time so the symptoms have all overlapped. The Lumbar problem was discovered while looking for the cause of the symptom from my Cervical issue. When the Lumbar surgery was completed and I was at the 3 month recovery period, I realized that the symptom that started the whole process was still there. My legs and feet still ached every day - unbearably. The Lumbar surgeon wanted me off all pain pills by 3 months and I had to tell him that I couldn't. I did however find good relief from specific pain and loss of function with the Lumbar surgery - it was certainly necessary. My Lumbar surgeon did send me for the CT scan with Myelogram that finally made clear to me what was causing my leg pain and my difficulty walking - a spinal cord compression in my Cervical spine.
So I had 2 surgeons for the 2 spine surgeries - and when I went to them for my latest problem, which is a bone spur growing into my spinal canal and compressing my spinal cord at C-6, neither one would see me. ( if you put it all together, did the 1st cervical spine surgeon miss the bone spur? I don't know or care, I just want to feel better) I ended up having to wait 2 1/2 months to get into Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN to get help - and they are going to help. That was a long wait while I was in a lot of pain every day. I'm taking a lot of pain meds (Lyrica and Tramadol) and it only took the edge off. I'm still working every day so my job got a lot tougher lately. Then on top of it all I did a sleep study and am now using a CPAP for my sleep apnea. Jeeze, can there be anything else. Remember, these are the "Golden Years". Yeah, fools gold.
I wish for everybody to have pain free days and pleasant thoughts, thanks for listening.