Hey all just wanted to drop in here and give a lil back story about me since I just joined the site.
I'm 29 years old married to my *rock* we've been married for 7 years and he has been through the death of my mother, 26yr old brother and 3 back surgeries with me. I can't imagine a better match for me
I first had a Laminectomy by an Ortho at the age of 16. Everyone was hesitant because of my age but I was barely able to walk cause of the nerve pain down the buttocks/leg. I would do it again in a heart beat it worked great. This time was L5-S1
Fast-forward to 2007, 12 years later. I was at work one day and the child I was taking care of (I am a nanny) was sleeping. I was sitting on the couch when all the sudden my entire left leg went numb. All the way from my buttocks to my toes. Getting scared I immediately had the father come home from work and rushed to the ER. By that time I had started also having severe back pain. Had the normal work up of seeing the Neurosurgeon, MRI etc. Decided on a Micro Discectomy on L4-L5 I was very happy and recovered quickly.
Fast-forward to August 27, 2008. Standing in my kitchen making dinner started having acute pain down my left leg, buttocks and back. By the time I woke up ( or in reality tossed and turned all night awake) my husband took me to the ER. It was a weekend so I really was just going to get some pain relief. Having been through this so many times now I knew what was going on. Just needed to wait to see Neurologist on Monday.
Again went through the tests etc. Dr. came back and my L4-L5 that was fixed 10 months ago was herniated again. After much talk and thought I decided to have a L4-L5 fusion.
Went in for surgery fusion went routine. The following 4 days I cried in agony my husband says ( I was out of it on morphine) of pain in my Right leg (pain was left leg initially before surgery). Dr. did a CT scan and it showed an unfastened/ mispositioned screw. So 5 days after initial surgery here we go again. They opened me back up to fix what was wrong.*cough* Sent home 3 days later in quite a bit of pain still but was dying to leave the hospital after 7 days.
The following weekend about 5 days later after a very painful day I just couldn't take it anymore and had my husband take me back to the ER. Luckily the DR on call was one that assisted on my surgery. They immediately admitted me and started to run a bunch of tests. Blood work, CT's and a CT guided Aspiration (that showed very little bacteria growing) Everything seemed fine and I was discharged 5 days later with new meds from a Pain Management Dr.
At my first post-op visit a few days later to my Neurologist he had me go have blood work done. Found out I had a Sedimentation rate of 80 (under 15 is normal for women. I was immediately sent to see an Infectious Disease Doctor.
SO here I am today 6 weeks later with a PICC line in my arm administering IV antibiotics daily for a Staph infection.
5 days ago had a visit with my Neurologist and he told me that my fusion might not be holding SIGH!!
Well sorry that was so long, guess I had a lot to get off my chest.
If you made it this far thanks for reading!!