I have had a total of 4 back surgeries 3 in the past 2 years. The 3rd surgery was to remove the X of the hardware; I had this done in November 2012, this is when my bigger problems started. I was still having leg pain after the fusion (2x operation). The x operation was a 3-hour procedure and when I got into recovery they woke me up to give me meds and control the pain. The nurse told me this is the strongest dose she has ever given, but it wasn’t taking away all my pain. 2 X in recovery the nurses told me they wanted to call my surgeon and get me to stay the night. I finally agreed, but when they called my surgeon. He said “absolutely not” I could hear all the nurses whispering about how unbelievable that this doctor said no, he would not let me stay. I left recovery in 3 hours. When Pre-registration called me before the surgery and verification people from the hospital, I think I talked to 3 different people and they all said this is unusual to be an outpatient procedure and to pack an overnight because this didn’t seem right being my 3X surgery and the procedure itself. I telling you this because I feel that this is an issue for all the new extra pain I have on top of my old pain.
Did anyone else get released after what should have been inpatient and have more problems because of it.
I have been on 10 10/325 Percocet and 800 mg 3 x’s, 600 mg of neurotin 2’x times a day for 3 years. I have taken myself down to 8 Percocet a day because I hate this stuff, but having a lot pain and now hip pain, and leg cramps all the time. I family physician prescribes my meds and wants me to go to the pain management doc. I went and he thinks I need hip injections even though the injections for my back never worked.
I also had a spinal fluid leak after my surgery, my surgeon told me to go home and lie down and drink a lot of caffeine, which I did for 2 weeks. One morning when I woke up I couldn’t stand with the pain shooting in my head. My husband called the surgeon’s office and we waited for 4 hours for a return call… and they of course didn’t call, so we went to the ER.
The ER doc said I probably have a spinal fluid leak and they called my surgeon to get the go ahead on a blood patch. We waited 2 X hours for a call back. The ER doctor came in my room looking baffled and said my surgeon told me to go home and try something else. When my husband said what else should we do? The doctor said I don’t know. The next morning my husband called my surgeon and they acted surprised that a blood patch was not done. (I found a lot of discrepancies from this doctors office I probably have a lawsuit). I had to have 2 blood patches with 15ml of blood in a 2 week time period to fill where the leak was cause they thought it was more than a hole it was a large tear. I wonder if this leak had anything to do with the leg cramps did anyone else have leg cramps with a spinal fluid leak? When I called the surgeon’s office 4 days after my surgery to explain the cramps in my calf, his assistant just argued with me over what meds I take. I said I don’ t want more meds…I want this fixed, she couldn’t get a hold the surgeon and she didn’t know what to do. I fired the surgeon! Now I am starting all over again with a new pain management doctor (YEAH). When I told him that I have groin and hip pain he thinks it might be my hip that caused my sciatica and not my back. I asked him about the cramps in my calf and he said. “That is a different problem and we will start with the hip doing injections. I am afraid these shot will make it worse, I had these in my back and they worked for 2 days