I have had chronic back pain for 10 years. I took an awful fall on ice one winter and my back was never the same. I spent the last 10 years hurting super bad, limited functioning etc. My L5-S1 collapsed and my L4 had a herniation that remained the same over a 2 year span based on my MRI.
In July of this year my surgeon completed a l5-S1 fusion and left the L4 alone. I had the tlif and afterwards I had searing pain in my left upper thigh on the outside into the center of my knee. It felt like someone punched me. I fell down the stairs a week after surgery. My hardware was fine. I did have a concussion".
The Pa at the 3 month post op told me the problems I am having the burning, punching, and tightness in my left thigh are from dermatomes.
Last week I fell again. I have a contusion the size of a grapefruit on the left thigh and raised about 2 inches. I decided not to seek medical care because there isn't much that can't be done for a contusion. I am still in a lot of pain. I feel like I am going out of my mind. They suggested doing an injection in the L4. I can't possibly do that until next year due to my work schedule. I can't afford to be off unpaid after my disability leave and i am fearful because my last epidural keept me out of work and immobile for 4 days.
Right now, i am in all kinds of pain even with applying ice, prescription pain med, lyrica and a sleep aid. I can't help but second guess what if they did both disc's instead of 1. Also, so far i am satisfied with the fusion that was already done. Just miserable right now.
I don't even know the purpose of my post. I just know people with non-spine issues don't understand.
40 year old mom
Tlif July 18