Hi I am new on here and just wondered if anyone has any advice? In September 2012 I had an L4/5 discectomy and laminectomy. Since then I have been in constant agonising pain and on a long list of drugs. This surgeon said all my discs were collapsing, the bottom 3 being the worst and was on about spinal fusion, one at a time meaning 3 operations.
Three weeks ago (September 2013) after losing bladder control i had two discectomies in the space of three days, the first one not having completely been removed. This was carried out by a different surgeon at a different hospital. All seemed well until last week when I developed an infection in the site wound and leg pains gradually worsening. I was kept in hospital for a week Ono tea venous drip and released with antibiotics. The pain in my left leg is gradually increasing and the fluid leak in the site wound getting worse. The surgeon looked at this today and was very blasé about it saying it would take a while for the infection to settle and sent me off with some more dressings. I am frightened with the pains getting worse and dont know where to go from here. This surgeon said he has different ideas to fusion to try first. I have already had numerous drugs including morphine which I have been taking for the last 12 months, spinal injections, acupuncture, physio and obviously this surgery. What do I do about the rest of my spine? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I feel like giving up.