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2 surgeries in 6 mo. now dr. says pain pump or stim is all that is left to do.

winkerwwinker Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Pain Management
2 surgeries in 6 mo. now dr. says pain pump or stim. Why did this happen?

My husband had laminectomy in Jan and again in July w/stenosis clean-up. After both surgeries he felt back pain relief for a short period time, and then it started up again. The first time he actually got off of his fentanyl pain patch after several months. It was rough going. After the second surgery he started to have pain again 2 1/2 months after and never did get off the patch. He's in extreme pain and taking 150 mcc of patch. He said he was walking one day and it felt like someone came from behind and hit him in the back with a baseball bat. Now the neurosurgeron says he will need a pain pump or stimulator for pain. Nothing more can be done. Could the doctor have caused this or what? I don't understand why he had relief for several months and then excruciating pain in the back and pain and numbness in the leg. The numbness in the leg went away after the first surgery but never went away after the second surgery.

We are at such a loss. He can barely go to work each day.


  • Oh, man oh man. I hate to hear that your husband's going through such a rough time. 2 surgeries and no relief. My heart's to you.

    Do you have copies of all the MRI reports? The ones before each surgery and after each? And then the final follow up MRI report? What do the doctors say happened?

    I have been told that sometimes, when they do surgery on a certain spot - say L5, that the one just above or below will become symptomatic because of the "shift" of things in general. Is this what happened to your husband? Was it scar tissue?

    I had a hemilaminectomy which basically means they made a small incision and cut off some disc that was pressing the nerve, causing pain and weakness down my right leg. After sugery (and still to this day, almost 3 years later) I consider the surgery a success. I do not have that excruciating pain in my leg or the extent of weakness prior to my surgery. BUT, I have other issues that plague me (degenerative disc disease and other bulges/herniations that are not pressing on nerves at this point in time - just problematic). AND, there's scar tissue now where I had the surgery that has wrapped itself around the nerve at that site (of the surgery). That has been causing me even more symptoms. I still consider my surgery a success. But the residual problems it's caused....

    I hope things work out for you both (all). Keep us posted, please?

  • is a 50/50 proposition. I'm sorry about your husband's agony. I'm shocked he still goes to work while taking that much fentanyl. I can tell he's a fighter and won't give up easy. I know it's hard for you too; it's not easy being a caretaker and I commend you.
    I had a microdiscectomy a year ago and I never got relief. Then a 2 level fusion with hardware in June and I don't feel any better. I've just been let go by PT for no improvement. I don't know what else in store for me.
    I did have a neurostimulator trial last March that went bad. I know it'll be back on the table one day; but it was so traumatizing to me that I don't want to try it.
    I'm on Fentanyl 50mg every 2 days with Norco,Neurontin,Valium,and naproxen. I see a pain specialist and I have to go back to the surgeon next week, head down feeling like I've failed. I'm tired of the pain along with everyone else here.
    Welcome, and we are here for you and your husband anytime you have questions or just need to talk.Take care
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