Just wanted to join a place where others understand this stuff. I am a 29yo Female.
I slipped at my front door back in july 2010 & herniated L3-4 & L4-5. Had a fusion done on L4-5 in oct 2010 using fake bone stuff (infuse), things got better initially but still had a lot of pain over a year later, my surgeon kept saying I was doing well & wouldn't sent me for a ct scan to check. Anyways, I sought a second opinion end of 2011 where errors as well as the failed fusion were discovered by having ct scan. Non union, cage crooked n too big etc etc... I had the fusion on L4-5 redone in Jan 2012 with my own 'real' bone from my hip. Since then things had been really good, I got back into bowling & made a huge comeback to be ranked 11th in my country by the end of 2012. Thus making me eligible to be in this years 2013 national bowling team. HOWEVER.....
Feb this year, I bent over to tie the laces on my bowling shoes & something went pop in my back & I then was in excruciating pain. I left the alley & drove from that city back to mine right away to get to A&E for pain meds to help with the spasms etc.
Called my surgeon & got in to see him, did a ct scan, turns out the disc at L3-4 is now bulging out 21mm.
He made the call & said I need a discectomy on that L3-4. Current waiting for surgery approval by ACC (we have public & private health insurance in New Zealand) and then will be doing the discectomy. Hopefully soon!!! Sick of the pain grrrr
I have a question. If you have successful L4-5 fusion & bulging disc above it, would you rather have discectomy or go straight to another level of fusion?! I am skeptical that we're gonna do this discectomy on L3-4 & then in a few months times It starts bulging again then will end up having the fusion anyways.
Has anybody else been thru a similar experience ?!
I would love to hear your stories & views etc...
Things are pretty painful at the moment & feel like I am just existing, hanging out to be fixed. Taking currently OxyContin, Tramadol, Paracetamol, Amitrip (for nerve pain).
Starting to get really down about things, it's been 3 months now since the last injury happened & most days I find it hard to even get out of bed. Anyhow, this introduction going a bit long now n don't need to get into the 'how shit it is' stuff cuz a lot if you must get what I'm saying lol!
So yeah HI, I'm Suz from Auckland New Zealand