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Post L2/3 & L5-S1 Laminectomy & fusion & multiple decompression Pain

LS1LLS1 Posts: 2
edited 07/28/2015 - 10:23 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi! I was just wondering around on line & found this site. It was nice to see that I wasn't the only one going through post surgical pain.

So, my story begins on Feb. 1, 2014. I fell injuring my low back & neck. After family dr couldn't get pain under control & worsening of low back & left leg pain & headaches, I was referred to Ortho Surgeon. Had several MRI's - low back & neck. Found out I had several things going on - DDD, Spinal Stenosis,2 disc herniations, bulging disc, etc... Took 2 weeks off work, and made dr appts., therapy appts., etc.

Tried all conservative care as I did not want surgery. Had trigger point injection in neck May, 2014, for severe migranes, and had 2 ESI's, in which I broke out in hives after each. Barely, walked out of work on June 9th, 2014, without crying. Back to dr. I had An EMG/NCVS in late June, 2014. & by July, 2014, Orth. decided that I had to have surgery, as back & leg pain & headaches were getting unbearable. EMG/NCV showed some nerve affliction was going on. I was taking Cymbalta, Flexeril, & whatever else they gave me at the time, with no relief!

Surgery was finally done in October, 2014. for L2/3 & L5-S1 laminectomy/fusions at both levels. Was in hospital for a solid week. They got me up couple of times a day after 2nd day, for PT & walking. Had real issue with left leg spasms & weakness, as well as general pain from 5 incisions on left side and back. Was put in back brace pot op. Sent home & had a home nurse, 2x's week for 1st 2 weeks & physical therapist twice a week up until beginning of July, 2015. Had another EMG/NCVS which indicated no permanent nerve damage to left leg but healing nerves. The physician that performed test said that nerves heal at 1 cm/month, and that it was going to take TIME to make it down leg. Not what I wanted to hear.

In March 2015, Ortho did C6/7 surgery. Migrane headaches finally went away, as long as I don't look down too much. See I had prior cervical fusion from C4 to C6, back in 2000, as result of car accident. I wasn't very fond of the vomitting, nausea, and sensitity to light/sound and arm numbness that had also been going on through my back/leg issues. I felt like my arms were coming out of my ears! Literally! My shoulders and neck were so tight and having spasms also... but we had to wait for back to heal before neck surgery could be done. My physical therapy was suspended for 2 months and was resumed in May when I was out of rigid collar, and into soft cervical collar. The ortho doc still has me on Hydrocodone at night, and twice a day: Flexeril, Cymbalta, {tried Lyrica} & now Neurontin. Still having left leg pain, numbness & tingling down leg to top of foot and some shooting low back pains every so often. He says that my next appt. in August, he may be sending me for CT scan of neck, as my shoulders are still so high, he cannot get a good view of neck from x-rays. Mentioned another EMG in future, as still having back pains in transitioning from sitting, standing, walking, and laying down.

If I would have known last year that this was going to be such an ordeal, I would have thought twice. I would have had neck surgery, but the back...not so sure about. The stress of being out of work over a year now, and not having a job to return to is aweful, but not in comparison to hardly being able to walk & having to use a walker and not being able to drive. I thank God for my husband and two sons. They have had their hands full with mom out of commission. I wake up every day and tell myself it will be better, until I go to stand up. I have a lot of comedians in my house with boys & their friends in & out, so I try to joke it off. Sometimes. it is hard, very hard! I'm just afraid the doc will say, "This is as good as it is going to get."



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