First of all I want to say thank you I have found this site to be very friendly and lost of good feed back from people that understand what I am dealing with.
I have been asked a few times bout what surgeries and spine issues I have its a lot to reply to individules so I thought I would post it. Then maybe get some feed back since I already feel better just talking to people with the same issues its been very hard and extremely depressing try to cope with having spine diseases, not to mention the medical night mare I have experienced along the way, and lets not forget the pain :''(
I have experienced back and arm pain since I was a pre teen. It would hurt so bad for a few days then go away, but nothing that needed medical or atleast I thought :?
It was not untill I had my daughter in September of 2005 I had alot of back pain that was not going away. Then in Feb of 2006 I had the pain that was really bad it lasted for 5 plus days, I was just driving and pressed on the break, I heard a pop and couldn't move. the pain was so bad I kept passing out, someone nearby called 911 I was taken to a hospital just a few blocks away, went straight to OR, that was the start of my hell. :''(
I had emergancy surgery to repair a disc that ruptured L5-S1 it wrapped around my siatic nerve and also had a spinal leak. This sucked cause I had no warning or notice. Spinal leaks suck cause you can't even lift your head up for several days.
Well 6 weeks later I went back for a anterior posterior fusion for L4-S1, guess I really need it at the 1st surgery but didn't have the right Dr.s there. Oh and my GI system never returned to normal after that surgery. Would love to know if any one has experienced this.
I had found out that I had a few different spine diseases Degenerative disc ( I only have 7 discs in my whole spine that don't have multiple bulges) and degenerative joint, this is not only in my spine, hips, knees, and elbows. Spinal stentosis, these are the main there is a few different ones the are from the effects of DDJ,DDD and the stentosis
Then that same year I blew a disc in my neck had 2 level fusion there in October of 2006. Also the same time I had a incorrect EMG done. I had sever carpal tunnel and the test showed none it took a year to get a speccialist and have surgery on both had in middle of 2007. The two little carpal tunnel surgeries gave me the most relief out of any surgery preformed.
Sad to say I still had sever pain in neck and back.
Close to Christmas in 2007 I had another disc surgery then the Dr.s gave me a spinal leak in that surgery, so back to no being able to pick my head up for days.
In feb on 2008 I had a complete refusion done, my hardware was very loose and moving my disc did not heal from surgery a few months back. So I had the level above fusied with complete new hardware and new bone graph installed except the plates from the front they are loose but will never come out nobody is ever going threw my belly again, and lots and lots of scar tissue removed.
I had a infection almost 5 weeks after surgery and had to have my back reopened and a drainage tube put in. My whole back is just scars, looks like a bear clawed my back.
I have a cervical re fusion comming up soon and hope this is IT, I have a unsafe failed fusion there.
Guess what I'm still in Pain :''(
Thanks for listen to my problem and advise or words of wisdom would be nice.