My introduction and history: My name is Jill and I've joined this forum for my mom, Wilma who will have surgery next week and for myself as her supporter. Mom has been living with Back pain since 2008 - 1st compression fx discovered at that time. A fall onto concrete on July 10, 2014 caused new damage and has increased the pain beyond her incredibly high tolerance. Mom was out paddleboarding with me on my new board just a few weeks before the fall and after, she was unable to drive or barely walk without a walker.
We visited an orthopedic surgeon immediately after the fall and got x-rays and MRI. Mom was in such horrific pain, he referred us to a PMD who performed (2) facet branch blocks and (2) transforiminal epidural steroid injections over a one-month period which provided minimal relief and lasted only a few days each. He put her on Tramadol 2 to 3 times daily and Physical Therapy - which did not provide much relief either. That said, she is more mobile without use of a walker or cane and is driving again, but is in a tremendous amount of pain still.
On Sept. 9, We then went to a Neurosurgeon for a third opinion and he stated the injections would not do anything for her condition. Her nerves are nearly "strangulated" in three places - quite evident on the MRI which he showed us and explained in detail. We feel very comfortable and confident in this surgeon and he enjoys a very good reputation. He recommended the following surgery: Laminectomy and Forminotomies at L2, L3, L4 and Kyphoplasty L2. This is scheduled 10/02/2014. We are nervous, but hopeful that Mom will have success with the surgery and regain her mobility and freedom from - or at least great reduction of pain that will allow her to enjoy life again! My goal is to keep a positive outlook and help her through the recovery period.
I've been doing internet research, (lots and lots of research!) and found this fabulous informative Spine-Health site and am very impressed with all the caring and sharing of information through articles and videos and forums. Mom's surgery is next Thursday and I guess right now, I'm just looking for some support and words of encouragement to help keep our "sunny outlook!" Sorry this is so long, but if you're still reading this, thank you for that. I'll check in again later.
Wilma (mom/surgery 10/2/2014)