I fell and injured my back waitressing in 1985. Since then I have had more than 10 back surgeries, including spinal fusion using threaded cages at L4, L5, S1, followed by hardware in and hardware out. One of my surgeries caused a dural tear causing me to leak a large amount of spinal fluid. I had spinal cord stimulator surgery twice before they realized it just won't work because I have synthetic dura over the dural tear. Synthetic dura will not conduct the stim message to my brain. Because my spine is so rigid from fusion, all the pressure has been on my SI joints, causing them to actually break from my hip bone. I am fully disabled, have been for more than 10 years. Up until a year ago, I had carved out a life for myself that I could live with. It was full of pain but I was also able to find joy in many things, especially walking my dog and taking in foster dogs for a Golden Retriever Rescue. On one of those walks, a year ago, the pain in my low back, hip area became unbearable. I can no longer do any of the things I love. My husband has completely lost his partner. My Pain Specialist sent me to an Ortho Surgeon who has recommended SI fusion on both sides. I have a hearing to fight my Work Comp insurances denial of my surgery on May 1st. I am plenty scared of these 2 surgeries, I have had many complications in the past, including infections. However, I am 52, I love life and I don't want to spend it in my recliner in front of the TV. I am hoping and praying that these surgeries will be approved and eventually helpful in easing my pain. Am I crazy to do this surgery??!! ********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide
- Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
- Medical advice of any kind
- Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc
What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 03/25/15 12:47 est