Hi everyone :H
I haven't posted in ages and I think some of my posts must have been lost when moving to the new forum because it's only showing I have 2 posts now. Oh well, no big deal.
Anyway, I finally had my surgery on August 6th. I had a bilateral diskectomy/laminectomy at L5-S1. I had a double herniation that was causing me sciatic pain down both legs and it was not getting better with conservative treatments.
I did ok in surgery and was discharged in a couple of days with the hope that the worst was behind me and I could concentrate on healing and getting my life back. But then 5 days after surgery, I was having increasing pain and then noticed quite a bit of fluid leaking out of my back one night. I called the on-call doctor and was told to come to the ER right away. They readmitted me and checked for a spinal fluid leak. As it turned out, it was a very large seroma that needed to be surgically drained. So they discharged me the next day with antibiotics since my white count was over 16 and once again, I went about trying to recuperate.
I felt like I was doing better for several weeks after that, but then the pain started increasing again. This time though, the pain episodes I'd have would literally knock me off my feet if there wasn't someone there to catch me. My doc sent me for facet injections thinking that might help, but it didn't. I got no relief at all. So then he sent me for xrays and another MRI. In the MRI place, I had another episode of not being able to walk and two of the techs had to literally carry me to the MRI machine. My doc had told me to get the disk of the scan and bring it directly to his office when I was finished. After my doc had a chance to look at the MRI and then call the radiologist to get his opinion, he came into the room and told me, "I've got bad news. I need to put you back in the hospital. It looks like you've got an infection deep in your spine and I will need to do surgery again." The incision was perfectly healed, it was down deep. He wanted me to go right then, but I talked him into letting me go home first and get things in order and return the next morning for surgery.
I was readmitted to the hospital for the third time and had surgery again. This time, I was in the hospital for several days on IV antibiotics and to also get a PICC line placed so that I could continue the IV antibiotics at home.
I've now been on the IV antibiotics for 7 weeks and just had my labs re-checked and another MRI this week to see if it was ok to take me off the antibiotics. Unfortunately, my labs nor my MRI showed much improvement at all. So now they have added a 2nd IV antibiotic to the mix and I have to do both infusions for another 4 weeks.
I'm just so tired of all this. I want my life back!
Sorry for the really long message.