Greetings fellow members,
I am new to the site but have been reading many comments over the past several months.
I'm looking to see if I'm the only one in the boat that is still having ongoing issues.
About 2 years ago, I woke up one morning with severe back and left leg pain. I just brushed it off as I slept funny and just tried to work through the day.As time went on, it didn't get any better and I went than urgent care that night.The doctor that saw me felt that I either pulled some muscles or herniated a disc, she gave me some med and the next day I felt like a million bucks. Little did I know the next morning, it came back with a vengeance. I ended up seeing a spine specialist who did an MRI and said my L5-S1 disc was herniated and that PT would work it back in. After almost three months, the PT basically gave up and said to go and see the surgeon. At that point the surgeon recommended doing microdisctomy and a laminectomy. Work up from surgery and felt great outside of the incisional pain. The next morning they got me out of bed and I took about three steps and the pain came back in a pretty bad way. They preformed another MRI and said the disc had herniated again.
We waited about 1 month to see if it got any better. It turns out it didn't and it required a "revision" surgery. At that time,he told me that he thought my spine was somewhat unstable and that he made need to do a fusion. I told him to do what ever was needed.I woke up from surgery and was told he didn't need to perform the fusion and that he felt he got all the disc out that was causing the problem. The pain continued and at few months later, it was decided that I was now suffering for failed back surgery and a spinal cord stimulator would help. I had the spinal cord stimulator put In in June, 2013. While it provided some relieve, it did not cover what we thought it should. They then burned the nerves in August of 2013 and that provided me with a couple of days relief. I then went back to my surgeon and that point he had told me that the body remembers pain and that we may never get rid of the pain. We had found the that the stimulator had a broken lead and was erroring out. He had given me three options to 1: go in and replace the lead and do another laminectomy, 2: do a Myelogram to see which disc is giving me the problem or 3: to see another Neurosurgeon for a second opinion. I opted to the second opinion and that Neurosurgeon recommended a L5-S1 fusion due to the instability of the spine. We did the fusion on May 21st of this year and shortly after the fusion I developed incontinenece. I returned to the surgeon and he wanted to do an emergency Myelogram and MRI to make sure there wasn't a compression. Back into surgery I went in early July to remove the spinal cord stimulator. The tests came back normal and he really doesn't know what is causing the incontenance. I have never had the incontenance problem prior to the surgery and as of September 13, it still continues along with back pain and left leg pain with "electric jolt feeling" along with the feeling of water running down my leg.
Sorry for the long story but I am looking to see if anyone has had complications after the surgery or if this is the normal healing process. I average 3-4 hours a night of sleep before the back and leg pain eke me up and I still take quite a few drugs to get me by and I would really like to get off all these meds and life a normal life. I see my Nerosurgeon on Tuesday for a follow up.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.