Then we had to go back in and fix the dura leak. Been in the hospital since last Thursdays. Flat bed rest only since the headache started Friday.
Came to conclusion that the PM doc punctured my dura while doing the discogram.
Before going into the surgery details I just wanna say how vindicated I feel from this whole nightmare. Those of out there who are shipped off to pasture in PM for DDD pay attention there might be still hope. For those who remembered me from earlier post may recall the challenges I faced with my previous surgeons. One was a OS an the other was a NS. Between them dropping the ball with my paperwork. Insurance paperwork that is and the fact that docs are not hip on doing fusion surgeries on those who just present with DDD. Even when they have a discogram done to show where the pain is coming from.
But when I fired my last NS and asked my OS to refer me over to this big dawg I researched. Then the OS backed out at the last min too. I thought my life was over.
Skipping ahead a little leaving room for any questions my surgery lasted 8 hours. My NS did the procedure by himself. He reported to my family periodically with updates. And for your family to here first hand that I was I. Much worse shaped that what showed on films. And that he was really glad to have made the choice to operate. Going into this mess the original docs have me 60% chance to get rid of 70% of my pain. Whatever that means. But with my new hero NS who did the surgery I'm thinking my odds got a whole lot better. What did not show up on any of films was this real bad Stenosis throughout the levels. He said it was so impacted at the bottom he was surprised I was able to work at all. All the nerves across the L5-S1 were completely compressed and that he had to take a substantial amount of time getting those nerves decompressed.
Moving forward. I'm still here in the hospital and laying flat till tomorrow. Because of the dura that was punctured during testing. Tomorrow it will be on to 10% raises in bed throughout the day and hopefully walking to the bathroom. Since bed pans are not my style I have elected to wait until I can sit properly to go my business.
There has been talk of going to rehab for a bit. I'll do anything to get back to work and my life faster. We'll see.
While the road to getting here has not been easy and the doctors findings were astonishing I would go it all again if it meant I am truly on my way back to a pain free life.
So far I want my story to go into the Success box of stories. There are not many so I offer some of my success and hope to you others out there who are in the struggle to regain a pain free life again.
I'm leaving it there for now. Would like to here from you guys. Thanks again for all the encouragement along the way.