HELP! Nerve damage from screw!!!

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HELP! Nerve damage from screw!!!

I went in on Dec 2, 2011 for L5/S1 Discectomy with fusion and instrumentation. Prior to surgery I had minimal leg pain from the disc on the left side, somewhat of a "shooting" pain, but the majority of it was on the right. I also have RSD in my left foot. So, when I awoke from surgery, I was in excruciating pain - screaming bloody murder - not from the pain in my lower back, but from a "charley horse" type pain that was in the bend of my leg between my thigh and calf. This pain shot all the way up and down... This went on for 3 days before the doctor decided to do an MRI.. The MRI revealed that there was a loose screw - obviously that had fallen during surgery, b/c I woke up with this pain, and like I said, I had NO pain like this prior to surgery!!! Therefore, they went BACK in on December 10, 2011 and did another surgery to locate and reposition the screw. When I woke up from that surgery, the pain was 10x worse than before!!!! However this time, it went all the way up into my left buttocks, where there was a severe burning sensation, covering the entire buttocks, and in the middle, a major stabbing feeling as if someone was literally driving a knife into my buttocks.. 3 days later, they did another MRI and found NOTHING!!!!! Basically, the doctor said to me, "well ma'am, the nerves have memory, so you will continue to have pain"..And that was that... The doctor sent me home on December 14, and here I am! I am already on 320mg of Oxycontin 3 times a day, which I was on prior to the surgery, due to the severity of my pain. The doctor put me on Robaxin and Neurontin in the hospital and sent me home with it. I stay at about a pain level of 7-8, even WITH all these meds!!! I am 34 years old!!! The surgeon that I see does NOT agree with my pain mgmt doc (whom I've seen for almost 2 yrs for the RSD/back pain) on the level of pain meds I am on, and treats me like crap. This surgeon is the best in the area I live, which is small town Upstate NY...I now don't trust him further than I can spit after all this...I have a follow up with him on 1/3/12.... I feel like my life is over!!! I don't understand any of this!!! Is there ANYONE out there with any similar experiences??? Suggestions??? Thank you in advance!!!!! `Mel Wink

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Nerve pain

Hello,I had the same thing happen to me in 1993 but l-4-5 failed fusion the one screw went a little to far and pierced the spine and damaged a nerve.terrible pain in left groin ever since.also failed scs,failed injections,still take percocets 3 a day,tried patches they help for a short time so i quit them.its a bitch. Rick ncpa