I have had 2 previous back surgeries and they were both lumbar fusions. One in 2009 and the other was 2012. The 2009 one helped a lot! I had roughly over 2 years of very minimal pain. Then after the latest surgery the pain has only gotten worse! The previous surgeon who did the other two surgeries has pretty much said the pain I was experiencing was all in my head. So I found a new back doctor, one who would believe me. He sent me to another doctor to try the nerve block shots and those didn't stop the pain at all. Then he put in a trial stimulator and it was like heaven it was so nice! I didn't take any percocet for the entire time it was in. As soon as they took out the temporary one I scheduled the permanent one. Then one week prior to the surgery I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer, (I was 35 when I got the diagnosis in Nov 2013) The back surgeon didn't want to go on with the surgery and said for me to get through the cancer and then look him up after my cancer was gone. It took over a year of chemo, 4 surgeries, numerous biopsies and tests, plus procedures and everything that goes with cancer. I ended up having a double mastectomy and reconstruction. I recently got my implants in to replace the expanders they put in during the mastectomy. I am still on a cancer drug and will be for a total of 5 years. I also have to have one more reconstruction surgery to create my nipples and then tattoos to get the natural color on the breast and nipple. I finally got my spinal cord stimulator rescheduled for 7/6/15! I so hope nothing happens to make me have to reschedule this again. I have noticed that the pain is more severe each and every day! I am taking some seriously STRONG pain meds, including a 100mcg per hr fentanyl patch, 4 flexeril 10mg a day, and 6-8 percocet 10/325's to take as needed. Sorry for the rambling message. I am just basically writing to see if anyone has experienced anything similar to my experience? Thank you.
2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times