My fusion recovery was going slow but it was moving till April when I hurt my back again. Suddenly I had horrible spasms and such and then chronic intense sciatic pain. The idiot NP at my neurosurgeon's office was all oh honey it's a strain. Take some Robaxin, Motrin, ice.
Well months later after inconclusive MRIs, failed injections, land and water therapy, medication changes, multiple Tens units, etc. etc. etc. my neurosurgeon finally got to the bottom of it. He wanted to do exploratory surgery before trying the spinal stim, that I was very ADAMANT against, to check things out and had me get a ct-myleogram and thank god. All my saying all along something is WROnG I don't care if it's not on the MRI or the other MRI! Something is wrong! Was finally validated.
I didn't have a Muscle strain when I hurt my back again, the bone at the fusion site cracked in the center and the solution is a repeat fusion.
Just what I didn't want. 2 fusions in under a year is not my plan of fun. I was hoping for another level, where I'd opt for a less invasive disectomy and lamenectomy like I had in high school, even knowing it would have to be fused down the road. I just really am overwhelmed with thinking of another fusion right now. Of course I will sign any paper to get me to the OR because my pain gets so extreme I start dreaming of amputating my leg it gets so bad.
3 back surgeries and I'm not even 30
So, has this happened to anyone else? Was the recovery the same? My neuro was reluctant to say because he felt so awful for all the information and assurances he gave that were ultimately so wrong.
At least I was prepared and have completed all my holiday shopping already before Halloween. I knew something big was coming and here it is. Fun!