Hello all, I'm new here. Seems like there are some in the same boat as I, and I'm generally quiet during office visits. I copied and pasted the list of questions I should answer and I'm hoping to be able to get a greater understanding from others.
I fell with my daughter in 2011 on ice, I was 25 years old (6'3"/165 lbs) and due to having my arms wrapped around her at chest height, I had no possible opportunity to try to brace myself or move really. Last thing I remember were seeing my feet in front of me then waking up to her screaming and having no sight til (a few seconds?) later. My 10 month old daughter broke the ball of her jaw from impact and was my immediate concern, so we took her to the hospital and I was rather numb from the experience or adrenaline and didn't get seen for between 6-8 days later because I couldn't deal with the lower back pain anymore. I couldn't do anything but fetal position really at the time, standing up straight was not possible. I went to an "immediate care" like facility and had x-rays taken where there we varying diagnosis' given but was given ibuprofen, a steroid pack and some low level loritabs. The pain kept on for another week before I seeked out more professional treatment. The "back doctor / pain management" guy had me do physical therapy, which didn't have success. Then epidural steroid injections, 2 more steroid packs, and later getting an EMG. The lidocaine was the only part of the shots that worked and wouldn't last any longer than maybe a half hour tops. My legs were continually weak, get pins and needles all the time and and easily fatigued. Jolts down to my toes as well mostly when laying down or standing. My hamstrings are constantly tight to the point I am a foot away from touching my toes with some strain. Prior I could grab under my toes. I had to start sitting down to pee, my sexual stamina went from 45 minutes to a minute or so. My circulation is pathetic, my feet and hands are always freezing, and i am super sensitive to touch and cold. I also shrank from 6'3" to 6'. I went to a neurosurgeon whom ran a spur down my right foot, and then moved onto a bobby pin. Since I had feeling in my feet, he sent me on my way. On to an orthopedic surgeon whom finally listened to my issues which expanded. From the back of my head to the top of my butt crack hurt with varying pain. Cervically my neck painfully cracks, my thorasic feels like someone is putting pressure directly into the dip of the disc to the point I try to flex like Hulk Hogan and push the area out for relief. Lumbar is as hard as a plank of wood with a continual pressure like its pushing in with a never ending ache I can't explain. Over the course of a few years I guess I gained a pain tolerance but it has killed my good, positive attitude. I finally got MRI's which showed herniations from L4-S1 with annular tears. Had the discogram to verify. T8-9 was herniated and 1 in my cervical (that I can't currently recall) with d.d.d., and spondylosis. He deemed me a candidate or surgery but was intrepid as i was young and very slim. Sent me off to pain management where I got a TENS unit to try to numb the area and low dose hydrocodone. All the while I was told to continue working essentially until it was unbearable. Having a kid, I couldn't afford to be out and his hesistance had me seek out a 2nd opinion. Years later and another child I have hit my limit and went to a neurosurgeon who sent me for more MRI's on the thorasic and lumbar. The results showed L3-S1 are now herniated l, 2 slipped vertebrae (why I can't stand up straight) and T6-T9 are herniated. All of em to the right and impinging on the cord. He wants to fuse L3-S1 through my stomach via (his words, not mine) a c-section and above my hip. Using cages and some kind of stem cell protein, rods and screws. Medication wise, the hydrocodone 5, then 7.5, and percocet 5, then 10's don't touch my pain so to me it is a waste. 150-300 mg Lyrica twice a day was more effective. The TENS unit brought some relief when on. Due to having medicaid, I have to wait til March for surgery (I found out today when) due to my insurance giving the go ahead which apparently takes that long.
What can I be told about this and what should I expect. I intend on following protocol and not rushing it. Any recommendations or suggestions? My goal is to be able to stand straight, maybe get some of my height back and alleviate my lower back pain. I've had enough of the painTypes of Spinal FusionLumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery