Laminectomy in 1992
Posterior Spinal Fusion of L4/L5/S1 March 2005
Since surgery chronic pain & swelling of center of 10" scar from surgery. Sharp, hot, electric like pain in lumbar area, through groin, down right side, down leg to knee, tingling and numbness to feet, feeling of something crawling on skin, lower leg and feet. Immobilized for 1 month now due to unbearable pain. Neorologist told me to "do nothing" until next visit on January 2, 2009. Recent MRI on 11/20/08 technician stated I needed another MRI, ASAP, so I had another one on my stomach this time. When I asked him why, he said I possibly had Arachnoiditis. MRI on 11/24/08, results from different radiologist said negative for arachnoiditis and there was no need for a myelogram, but there was in fact a tear? Im in constant pain and the only relief I get is from a Percoset. I apparently have a failed fusion, and am looking for help! I called L.S.I. and Bonati Institute in Tampa, Florida, they claim thier procedures have immediate pain relief in over 90% of their patients, quality of Life improvements, better than 87%, sounds too good to be true. Any comments? My other option is Dr. Clay Daynham, PBISpine.com in Palm Beach, Florida. I am a 58 year old white male from New Jersey, I farm over 100 acres of blueberries and cannot run any of my equipment anymore or stand for any period of time. My pain started getting progressivly worse 2 years ago. HELP !!!