Hi everyone, I'm new here-1st post
To start off, I was in a car accident when I was 15 and fractured my vertebra. I had a spinal fusion of t12 to L3. I'm not completely sure of the vertebrae fused-it could have been up one, but 4 were fused together with a cage and screws. The fusion was successful.
I'm 21 now, so it's been almost 6 years since I've had the surgery. I have had lower back pain since, but nothing like lately.
For the last two, maybe three years I can't stand for more than 2 hours at a time without absolutely having to sit down and rest. I can't pick up more than 20 pounds, and that's with perfect posture. I can't do anything with my hands thats above my head or out in front of me without regretting it later.
I have these muscle spasms that leave me on the ground. This happened to me at work a while ago and I was laying on the floor crying and I couldn't move or do anything to get it to stop. No matter what I'm doing, even if it's just laying down, my back hurts or is uncomfortable. It is so frustrating. I don't feel like a 21 year old at all. I'm afraid that I'm going to be in a wheelchair by the time I'm 40.
I've done physical therapy and exercise. I was recently put on Flexerol, which works great if I wanna take a nap. Muscle relaxers aren't a long term solution for me.
This post is getting long, but it feels good to tell my story to people who actually understand what exactly I'm talking about.
I feel as though the root of my back problems comes down to the hardware. I can FEEL the hardware all the time, and I feel like it's rubbing up against soft tissue and causing pain. I'm very small, and I've read that other petite people have the same problem. So I've talked to the surgeon who did the surgery and I've talked to my insurance company, and the surgery to remove hardware is a definite option.
The surgeon said paralyzation is always a possibility when operating on the spine, but I have not found anyone that this has happened to. Has anyone?
I'm also worried about any other bad side effects-like worse pain or fused bone breaking off.
This surgery seems like my last option for a normal life so I want to be optimistic about it, but I don't want to be ignorant about it either. If anyone has been in this situation, will you please share your story with me? I want to have as much information as possible before I go into this.
Thanks a lot guys, Andrea