I had my Tlif in July. I have been suffering from horrible left thigh pain. I figured it was a side effect of surgery. I had a herniated L4 and a collapsed L5/s1. My surgeon was conservative and left the l4 alone. I have had this horrible pain since i came out of recovery in July. I figred it was because of the surgery. I called the surgeon multiple times because of this. I am still in horrible pain.
In october, I had my 3 month post op. They told me i had dermatomes. When i looked at the dermatomes chart it looked lirke it could possibly be my L2 instead of L4. My PM told me it could be facet syndrome. They ordered an MRI, but I have not gotten the rx for it. Pm told me it could take 30 days. The problem with this, my deductible has been met and my pm is out of network. So, my surgeon is going to do facet injections in two weeks. He is in network with my insurance.
I do not regret my spinal fusion. It helped the collapsed disc I had. I know my surgeon cannot predict what was going to happen to me post op. The reason I am discouraged is that I am in a lot of pain with a new problem. My gut feeling is that it is l2.
I went back to work way to early, I wish. I was still out. I am tempted to apply for social security, but I cannot afford to stop working for a year. I am missing a lot of work to. I could be fired over this. My fmla is exhausted. Luckily, my bosses girlfriend had the same surgery and he is aware of what happens afterwards. Other people (non-back surgery/pain sufferes) are always questioning me as to why I am in pain. Why didn't the surgery work? Why don't i take legal action against the doctor. My doctor could not predict what was going to happen to me post op.
I am sorry this is so long. I am in so much pain I don't even know if the weather is bothering me. I take my prescribed med's It is 22 degrees outside.
40 year old mom
Tlif July 18