Hi all! I hope this finds everyone as pain free as possible. Here's what's going on. I have MAJOR inflammation throughout my body so much so that it caused me to run a fever of 101.3 for at least 2 days! I hurt in every joint throughout my body. I have had days where standing was almost impossible. And it would have been if it weren't for the walls, door frames, basically anything I could hang on to to hold myself up. I am 35 and have had 2 back surgeries. (2 level PLIF) L4-S1 with hardware on 4/9/9 and L3/4 was added to it and the hardware was replaced on 9/6/12. I have 2 more bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, reverse lordosis, bone spurs in my hips, cysts on some nerve roots at T1-T3, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory joint disease.
I am in constant pain and can no longer work. Just doing everyday things around the house can and sometimes does put me back a day or two in bed trying to recover. The doctor has referred me to a new neurosurgeon to see if I am going to need any additional surgeries, (God, I hope not!) The last surgery was horrible! I had to have 3 oz of fluid from the surgery drained off my back! Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!!! You all have been a lifesaver to me going through all of this! I have been on percocet for almost a year and lidoderm patches (which do wonders for the pain from the inflammation in my lower back) . Can't tell if the percocets are helping anymore ... and the dr put me back on prednisone to knock out the inflammation again. He took me off any other nsaids because he said my stomach is bleeding. HELP ME PLEASE!!! I feel so bad for my husband to have to watch me go through this without being able to really help me much. He does what he can to help me and he is awesome about it! I don't know what I would do without him.
Sorry to ramble, but please help me!!
2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times