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roosta007rroosta007 Posts: 1
edited 03/20/2015 - 8:56 PM in Surgery Buddies
Hi all. My name is Nick. Feel the need to let off steam and hopefully meet someone who understands what i am going through! I'm a victim of failed surgery! In September 2014 my spine underwent the following:- A foraminotomy, a hemilaminectomy and a discectomy. It cured over 12 years of intermittent chronicle pain. For 6 !months prior to surgery I was almost completely immobile and sank into deep depression due to fact that I couldn't work, walk, concentrate and just live a normal life. Also to top it off, my ( at the time ) so called girlfriend, on the day of our 1 year anniversary, decided to leave me. Just wished she'd have understood how much pain I was in. But nobody will ever know how life changing having DDD in 3 discs feels like! I always think 'what could have been?' Anyhow, that's the past, but am coming to terms with the fact the my back is, in a polite way, xxxxx'.



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  • Hey nick welcome you sound just like me except for the girlfriend part. I also had failed surgery in 11/2014 I had a laminectomy with discectomy but when surgeon got in there the disc between l3-l4 Had ruptured and fragmented in my back so I ended up coming put of that surgey with no disc and being told I needed a fusion to correct. I had a fusion just 18 hours ago and am in the hospital at this time. I have DDD from l1 - s1 with 3 level retrolisthesis up to 6mm and fusion , I think it's a quality of life question you need to ask yourself, do you want or can you live the way you are? And about they girlfriend I say your probably better off with out her..........I assume her back is fine because if she knew how badly back pain hurts she could of chosen a better time to screw you over..........
    Spinal stenosis with neurogenic clauducation
    3 level retrolisthesis
    Bilateral Laminectomy/Discectomy surgery l3/l4 on 11-21-14 (failed)
    L3/l4 spinal Fusion 03-20-15
  • I just wanted to say that I feel u as far as the back goes. I had the exact same procedure in september of 2014 as well. I also had a 'failed' procedure, I had some limited relief but about 4-6weeks after I was headed right back to where I was before. I had a repeat mri in december and it showed small bulges/herniations both above and below l4-5 as well as new damage there. Unfortunately my surgeon felt that another surgery would not be benificial so he suggested a scs and more injections that also didn't work. So I had the trial period for the scs in January and it was "successful" in that I received about 40%relief of pain in my legs and some in my lower back, however since then my pain and numbness has gotten worse.
    I'm scheduled for the permamamte implant on 4/7/15. And while the pain is continuing to get worse a new mri last week didn't show any significant changes.

    I hope that things begin to look up for you, maybe you can look into a scs as well. best of luck to you
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