Hello! In 2007 I injured my back L5-S1. I knew it was a bad injury immediately. I've suffered from back pain since I was about 12 yrs old. I was 32 yrs old with an awesome career that I loved and I had just moved half way across the country to be closer to my family. I had a 1 yr old girl and a 2- almost 3 yr old boy. I wanted my kids to know their grandparents like I did growing up. So after a few months of conservative treatments I finally agreed to a micro discectomy. BTW, I AMA healthcare professional. I recovered very quickly post op no more intense rt leg sciatica. After 2 days of being home, I bent at the waist to pick up a dress off the floor...Instant POP and I felt dizzy, sweaty and more sever pain than I ever imagined. I called my surgeons office and told the nurse, she blew me off! A few days later I saw the surgeons NP, she said I didn't look like I was in pain and I should get some Tylenol and go home. She did however decide to humor me and order an MRI. Imaging was my specialty. I managed to get my appt moved to same day and went to the hospital the next day to review it with a Rad that was a friend. He couldn't believe how awful it looked. It was the weekend and I was so upset by my surgeons nurse and NP I paged him. He looked at the MRI and scheduled me for redo the following week. When I woke he said it was worse than MRI showed. But he fixed it. I was painfree for a week then stretching gently I instantly had sciatica back, so onward to L5-S1 fusion. Blah, blah sorry I could write a book. Fast forward. Currently I have undergone 10 surgeries to include C5-6-7 fusion, multiple rt arm surgeries. Rt radial tunnel entrapment was missed for over a year. March 2014 I needed L4-5 fusion. Old hardware removal, L4-5 foraminal stenosis and the instant I woke after 7 hrs of surgery my bilateral leg pain was gone. It was the 1st time in 7 years that my right leg wasn't killing me. Two wonderful months I was relatively painfree.
. Off all drugs by choice, walking 6 miles per day per MD loving life again. Started working at light duty and now AUg 2014. I'm I severe pain again!!! One pedicle screw has looked progressively worse on X-rays. I'm waiting for a CT and 99% sure another surgery ! Ugh. I almost feel like those 2 months were a cruel joke
L5-S1 micro x2, L5-S1 fusion, ACDF C5-7, Anterior and posterior cervical fusion C4-7, plus 4 right arm surgeries:(