I had emergancy sciatica and resulted in a Laminectomy of L4 & L5 on April Fools day. I was in the hospital about 4 or 5 days after surgery and went home. I felt good for maybe about 4-5 days and thought my years of pain were over. Then my lower back started hurting/aching. Across the lower area, steady and worsening. Sometimes I would have shocks too. I told my back Dr., but all he was worried about was whether or not I was having sciatica down the leg. I wasn't so he said the rest was normal pain. But it didn't feel normal to me. My regular Dr. didn't want to refill my pain meds and thought it was in my head or just body still needing them. So I went in to see him again this week, he was more helpful this time and suggested since the back Dr. was unwilling to explore what was going on, that they get me into see another back Dr. for another opinion. So they finally found one who agreed to see me and requested a new MRI so they could see what was done and where we were at. I did the contrast MRI yesterday and the Tech showed me exactly what the issue was. One the MRI it showed plainly the dye from the inscision pointof the surgery all the way in and wrapping around into the spinal area. Exactly where the "knife/scope" would have been at surgery. He said I won't need a 2nd opinion now, it is very obvious what the problem is. Infection being the most likely culprit. He said he could send a prelim emergency report to my Dr that day, and they would get the full fax report the next day, being today, a Saturday. So when I left I called the Dr to tell him and found out that he was off and won't be in until Monday to see any of it. His receptionist was no help at all to me. I have an overnite trip about 5 hours away from my home on Sunday night, and have decided to go ahead and make the trip because it is a fun one.
I am worried because from what I have seen on the net, it looks like discotitus perhaps. That looks like 4-6 weeks of IV meds. Is that correct? Is that outpatient? Will they have to go in and dig or drain the infection out? I am looking for anyone who has had a fluid or infection build-up after laminectomy surgery.
Also, doesn't it seem like a form of malpractice for the back DR. to not have a test done to confirm if I had this infection after I obviously showed the signs of it. I know it is rare, but it happens. I feel so let down by him and on my own at this point. Am I in any immediate danger from this? Will I end up back in the hospital?
Thanks for letting me join and look forward to anyone who has been through this. I need to put my worried mind at ease.
Sherri in MO