until last thursday, i was throwing up once every 2-3 weeks for over a month. i made an appt with my dr but could not get in for at least 2 weeks. well last thursday, i noticed my right leg, which is the one that has given me problems for 10 years, pain, bruising, etc, was twice as swollen as my left leg. this is not an exaggeration. i also had big red bumps the size of golf balls all over and it was red hot. i thought it was a blood clot since i had one after my first fusion. well they put me in the hospital for three days with iv antibiotics and pain meds, dialaudid. i did not have a blood clot but a staph infection, celluosis. if i waited for a day or more the infection was so bad, it could have lost my leg if they could not control the infection or worse i was getting an infection in my blood, blood poisioning. lucky the infection was under control and i have to take 2 antibiotics for at least another week.
lesson: don't wait if you suspect something is wrong. don't worry about going to ER and waiting for 4 hours or thinking you are wasting the time of the doctor. if i waited, then it could have been real bad. you need to go asap if there is something wrong. don't worry about paying for it or insurance or other worries. go go and go. i am glad to still be around with all of my legs and arms etc
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.