My story started about 10 years ago, I started have lower back pain that would burn and throb constantly, I didn't see any doctors until the pain would run down my buttocks and into my lower legs, first I saw a chiro (BIG MISTAKE) made things worse,
went to my family doc she sent me for PT, :sick: that made things so much more intense, so she sent me to a NS, since I had tried all options......cold/heat, tens, therapy etc. he sent me to a PM before we would look into surgery, I had every type of injection known to man and the marks all over my butt and lower back to prove it! When I went way over the amount of injections one person is suppose to have in a lifetime, he suggested the NS again! So we opted for surgery a minamally invasive surgery from the back only and he had me on tons of meds after I was on Mophine, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Neurontin, Lyrica I was so doped up for the first 3 months. Well after 6 months and no relief we did MRI'S, CT scans, and 1 other test I forgot the name of, all showed no fusing at all!!!!
So he had me wait it out and see what time would do...........but after 1 1/2 years of constant 9-10 level pain and not being able to work or do any of my normal activities and no answer from him I fired him and went on the look for a new NS. After more testing we decided to go in and see what all he did because the MRI and CT scan showed a bunch of messed up screws :jawdrop: (in sideways resting on nerves) tons of scar tissue and many bone spurs. So I just had surgery on April 18th 2008 (see my siggy for type) and so far so good (knock on wood) the pain and numbness went away immediately,and the pain I have now is just surgery pain so I'm hoping and praying this one will be the golden ticket! I am 43 happily married for 16 years, I have 2 teenagers :P and 3 cats, my hobbies now are NASCAR, watching my kids play sports, gardening, and swimming
(hopefully i can soon)Oh and I'm a cheezhead and love the Packers! LOL