Hello everyone I do hope this is the right spot for this. My problem could be covered in many, but it all revolves around chronic pain.
Here is my story. I injured my lumbar spine at work, when I lifted a wire spool weighing roughly 125lbs. When I lifted it I was fine, I went to turn and instantly I had a stabbing pain in my back as well as going down my left leg. Which was so painful it almost buckled my knee. I went to the clinic, which he stated it was a strain. After a few follow up visits, I seen a diff. dr which said it wasn't a strain and sent me for an mri and started me in p.t. the mri showed herniation at L4 &L5. I ended up switching to a dr of my choice, which did two sessions of cortisone injection. The first gave about 2 days relief, the second nothing. He then sent me to an orthopedic surgeon, which did a discogram an determined that both discs were pain contributors. Finally two yrs after the initial injury surgery was approved. From surgery till now, the pain has increased. I am now one year an 4 months post op. The surgeon has stated since my 6 month ct, that I was healed. Although on the ct and mri reports stated it wasn't completely fused. I had a second opinion 2 months ago, which he stated it wasn't fused an stated psuedarthrosis. Any ways. I just got off the phone with the original surgeon because he wanted another radiologist to go over all the cd's and he said again. I am completely fused. I asked ok, then why is it many others have stated I am not. Also why am I in more pain now then I was prior to surgery. His reply just like everytime since surgery, I have no clue because you are fused an shouldn't be in pain. The surgeon which did the second opinion said there is two thing which could be done. The first is pain meds an p.t. the second is to go in through the back this time an add rods to support the vertebrae. The first isn't an option, because I have been in pain management for 6 months and have been on everything from elavil to dillaudid (litterally over 30 diff meds)since surgery an nothing has provided relief at all. The original surgeon says that another surgery is likely to just add more pain. I'm just wondering if there is anyone in this forum, which has went through the same or similar problem? If so what was the cause of the pain?? Any help would be appreciated, I'm at a loss. The original surgeon just seems to be washing his hands of me and the other says I need another surgery. Thank you in advance
Sorry about the long winded post, I just wanted to provide as much info as possible and I'm sure I probably left stuff out