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Back fusion gone wrong

painstillppainstill Posts: 1
edited 09/16/2015 - 2:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My husband had spinal fusion 2 years ago. It was successful. No pain after a few day. But 3 weeks later the screws came loose & lodged in his spinal cord. They removed the hardware and replaced it with new. He's been getting worse ever since second surgery. Taking morphine & percocet 2 x per day. The pain is excruciating. Pain runs from his lower spine down both legs. He gets severe leg cramps as well. Left side of incision is always swollen. Eight months after surgery, he went to ER because of the pain. They gave him meds & decided to admit him. Good thing! 24 hrs later he had a 2.7 fever. Started him on strong antibiotics. Called in the CDC. No infection was found. Whatever he had started to attack all his organs, congestive heart failure, renal failure etc. Almost lost him 3 times. Had to have dialysis 5 times. Had to cleanse his blood which brought on the heart failure. He was in ICU for 14 days. Finally they started him on 500 units of steroids. He was also awake at this time but not with us. As the doctor said, in lala land. Finally the steroids brought him back to us. Since then, every few months he ends up in ER because of pain. Now they give him steroids right away to avoid problems like before. They never found out what caused the ICU incident. He's been to neurologist, nephrologists, hematologists, rheumatologists etc. No one has an answer except to say he has a lot of inflammation in his back. His pain is worse then ever. We've been to the [edit] Hospital, along with the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Has a pain management dr. They don't know how to help him. Did the injections. No relief. Don't know where else to turn. Hoping someone who sees this can give some insight on how to help him.....

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  • I'm so sorry to hear about your husband failed surgery.all I can say is keep doing your research and find a doctor that will listen.I have had 5 back surgeries.this last one my cage moved out and they had to go back in 5 months later as we did not know about it until 4 months after my surgery.They also had to replaced the hardware.I've been in so much pain after this last one. Having new pain that I have never had. Been in the ER A couple times all they do for you is give you more drugs. It has effected me mentally. Now I'm on antidepressant they said I have PTSD.seriously thought only vets have that.they explained to me going Thur 2 major surgeries it happens. I pray your husband gets the relief he needs. I hate being on pain meds.
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