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L5-S1 spinal fusion nightmare - HELP anyone else have this happen
Not to scare anyone but I had L5-S1 spinal fusion 1/07, after which pain didn't go away. After waiting for healing time, I was told that It appeared that the new bone that had grown grew outside of the cage and was pressing on the Sciatic nerve. After which 7/08 I underwent 2nd surgery to remove hardware and bone was shaved down to decompress nerve. Upon wake up from surgery, my foot was in extreme pain. I told the hospital staff and doctor and was told that it was probably the positioning on the operating table that caused pain and that it would subside in a few days. No, it never went away and I have loss of feeling in side and back of lower left leg, 3 toes don't move, and I have to use a Walker because I have loss of strength in leg. The Neurosurgeon told me "well it appears you have permenant nerve damage, sent me to a Pain Management Specialist whom immediately told me I needed a Nerve Stimulator implanted in my back in order to have a
"better sensation of feeling" in my leg. He did not suggest any tests, or offer other treatments. He also told me I needed to see a Pschiatrist for a Psychological evaluation due to insurance requirements for implant and he would like to have it in his file. Well it's now October and I finally got a 2nd opinion. I had 2 nerve tests done today and was told that the S1 Nerve is damaged. Is it permenant??? I am in the process of getting a new MRI to see if something else is pressing on the nerve or if the nerve was damaged during surgery..... I did not suffer any leg pain, numbness, loss of strength prior to 2nd surgery and was told both times that I had an 80% chance of full recovery. I am now Disabled and on Social Security. Mind you I am only 42 Years old and in good health otherwise. My best suggestion to all of you is to get a 2nd or even 3rd opinion before getting Back Surgeries. I pray for all of you suffering and wish you all the best. ****** If anyone else out there has gone thru similar situation, please comment back***** I am so frustrated and just want my life back again!!! ~X(