I was on the May 2014 surgery buddy thread. I had a 2 level PLIF done. It's been a year. It failed.
Long story short....my butcher of a surgeon fused my at l3-4 and l4-5. I had complained of pain lower and had nuerogenic bladder condition arise before the fusion and my surgeon ignored what I and my urologist had to day. I should have had s1 fused...as it turns out that was my pain generator the entire time. He based my surgery off of a MRI even he said was of poor diagnostic quality. No injections...disco-gram...myleogram. Nothing.
I have suffered terribly over the last year since the PLIF. Literally in severe pain the whole time. As my failed fusion became evident...my surgeon bailed on me.
I am finally in good hands. Took this Dr. 2 visits and some tests to figure out exactly what was wrong.
I'm now facing a 360. He is going in the front, side and back. Im terrified.
There is a malpractice case against the first surgeon now, due to the mistakes he made.
Work comp has cut me off due to a Dr saying my injury was not work related...even though the Dr. who did my surgery said it was a direct result...and they even paid for the surgery. They took the first chance they could to abandon me before I was at MMI. My mistake for picking the wrong Dr. after my fusion failed. He was a work comp butt kisser Dr.
I'm on my own insurance now. Looks like a month till the 360. Soon as current good Dr. report gets to my lawyer...we are confident work comp will come back around. There is no way they can dodge this.
Couple things I have learned and I want you to take to heart....
Never trust work comp. Get a good lawyer.
Avoid a fusion at all costs. I would have never don't this. It has ruined my life. Unless you are literally dying in pain...do not do it.
I have went from one of the hardest working people I know...to a basket case with anxiety and depression. Constant pain.
I am giving the 360 a shot...because honestly...If I have to exist like I have been the last year...I dont want to live.
This is my hail Mary.
Do not get a fusion....unless you literally cant live with the pain. And be honest with yourself. Cause it can get real ugly real quick.