I have not posted alot since my last surgery about 3 months ago. So here goes, I had a spinal fusion in August 2012 of the L3-L4 with screws. It was not a big surgery, it was minumally invasive. I was in pain for those 2 years, as I went through everything with my doctors. We tried everything. At the very end in January of this year, my doctor decided to give me lidocane injections where my hardware was to see if it was the hardware causing my pain. (Just a note, when I had my hardware in, my left side thigh from my waist to the middle of the outside of my leg was completely numb. I lived with this that long, and when I would get injections, I could not feel it, which was a plus.) He told me that if my pain went away for a little bit, it was the hardware, if not, it was not the hardware. Well my pain went away, and it felt great, because I had been living with it for awhile. It turns out I am allergic to nickel. That was causing all my pain. I am completely fused, So he scheduled surgery to remove my hardware. It was taken out, I was in the hospital for 2 days, and it was not that bad compared to when I had my spinal fusion. I have 2 small 2in incisions in the middle of my back.
So, now it has been 3 months. I have been going to a chiropractor for physical therapy, and massage, and ice and heat, because that left side is so painful. My chiropractor believes it is the piriformis muscle. He said that he thinks that there is scar tissue around it, because this pain is so intense, its like stabbing pain. I can be sitting, and when I get up, it is bad, and I do not want to get up after sitting. I exercise, I aggravate it, after I try to stretch it out with the exercises that the chiropractor gave me. Then I am in pain for about a couple of hours. This pain is with me all the time now. So the chiropractor said lets wait about 6 weeks and see how I am. I never got better. It is still there.
Now just a couple of weeks ago, I got this pain in the middle lower back where my scars are from my newest surgery, and it was bad! Plus the pain on the left side. I was in bed for 2-3 days, and I could not move. Ibuprofen would not work, and I was taking 800mg. It took the edge off a bit. I had to wait till Monday to get in to see my chiro. My whole back was inflamed and he gave me stem and ice. We did not do any exercises at all that day and I stayed home from work. I felt better the next day. To sum this up, my pain in my middle back is getting more and more aggressive. So I finally went and got the MRI.
Not good, I read the report and it said something like a 7mm mass up against my spine where my surgery was, and my disc had ruptured and leaked and is pressing on my spine on the inside like pushing my spine towards my front side. My chiro told me to make appt with my spine dr again, so I am going on thursday. The report said something like a sequestered disc defragmentation. I am scared of what this is, and I cannot handle anymore surgeries. My chiro told me that I should get a second opinion from another dr. By him telling me that, I got to thinking maybe it was something that my spine dr. did while I was in surgery. I asked him he would tell me if they left metal in my back and he said yes, but it does not show it, but he just wants the spine dr. to see my MRI. Plus my chiro told me he did see a mass on my left side, like he thinks it is scar tissue.
I hope it is nothing bad, and I am getting a second opinion. Has anyone ever had this or something close to it? Any ideas or any treatments that are possible with this?
L3-L4 minimally invasive spinal fusion L3 - L4 with cage and rods. Aug 24th, 2012
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