I have made a number of posts on this board since the beginning of my problems and it basically went like this:
Herniated a disc in January 2015 and had a discectomy June of this year, about a week later the same disc reherniated and I moved to another state to be closer to family and hopefully receive better care.
I saw an ortho who had a new MRI done and suggested epidurals before broaching the topic of another surgery so soon after the first failed one. Shots did not work and shortly after I started to have signs of incontinence. Monday of last week I went to the ER as my pain was severe and the incontinence was becoming worse. They had me admitted and again requested a fresh MRI. Two days later my ortho decides we would need a spinal decompression of the disc and if need be a fusion at level L4/5.
The surgery was successful and once I was awake my fiancé informed me that the surgeon spoke to him and my parents saying that once they opened me up the herniation was so incredibly large, the MRI did not sufficiently show it. He said it was one of the largest herniations he had ever seen. When he went to remove the parts of disc that were bad the entire disc exploded (ruptured) and he had to remove it all together. They ended up taking bone from my hip and pelvis and using it inside a cage as a "replacement disc" then they fused the vertebra with titanium rods and 4 screws.
I was released from the hospital yesterday and today is the first day without the good IV drugs and I am really feeling it. Just kind of wanted to share my story as it may be coming to an end and hopefully has fixed all my issues. All my leg pain is complete gone and all I have now is surgical site pain, hopefully this did the trick and has given me my life back!
I do have 1 question for all you people that have had fusions, what kind of activity level have you had throughout the duration of your healing? I am trying to walk as much as possible around my house with the assistance of a walker. I am also waking stairs as I have a multi level house, I only do this with supervision. At what point does it get easier to sleep or are you more self Sufficient ?
Thanks for taking the time to read my story!