My Name is Dixie, I have been on and off this site for 3 yrs. I have DDD and Spondylilothesis in L4-L5 along with ever changing herniations scattered through. Last oOct I went on a ride at the state fair that destroyed me - pain shooting in butt, legs, calf, feet.... It added acute injury to an already fragile body. However, that is not why I am writing. Along with that, I have had a sharp ache in my midlow back for at least 9 years. I'm a pretty tough girl, Ive always just pushed through pain. Waking up going full force until aprox 1pm and my back painforceed me to laydown. I also can not get spine injections, I have had muliple in my lifetime, until the last two sent me to the Hospital with miningitus. The miningitus is always viral. Infectious Dr and Back Dr thinks it is diretly related to injections - so that is a done deal.... no more shots. So with all avenues taken, I was sent to see a surgeon. I have had many MRIs, however, never an xray. Also I failed to mention the pain in my midlow back is the one that knockes me off my feet. Surgeon told me that he had never seen a 37 yr old with such spinal instabilitly... in my L1-L2 so my consult for my L4-5. turned in to surgery for my L1-L2. I have retrolithesis, which is where your disc slips backward off of your spine, same as spondylilothesis except opposite and higher. Anyway, my surgery is on Tuesday, in 3 days, I'm scared and losing it. My back dr took me off of Butrans patch 20mg cold turkey, yesterday. saying it would not allow the other pain med the surgeon is going to give me work as well, being a partial antagonist. So, here I sit, in pain, hardly able to move, losing my mind and rethinking the who surgery idea. Just Freaking out.
I have so many questons, too many to ask, the surgeon what this little guy with a sweet pleasant face. Who gaveme very little after care instructions. Has anyone had fusion at the L1-L2 area? Everytimne I would show a little nervousness and would be worried, he would say Well, you dont have to have the surgery done. ... WTF. I guess I just need words of encouragement. Anything. Dixie