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9 month check up for 2 level transforaminal lumber interbody fusion
Good evening, Spineys!! It has been a while since I have checked in with you, and I have missed you all. Thank you again for all of your love, support, and encouragement when I have needed it most. Angels, all of you.
I went to see the neurosurgeon today for my 9 month follow up visit.
All and all I can say thatI know that this surgery was the right decision for me. I have more mobility than I did before hand. I can walk for miles at a time. Yes, I have muscle spasms like crazy afterward, but I can walk!
Visiting the neuro today I have the following complaints still pending:
1. I still have pain in my lower back. Scale of 1 to 10, it probably stays around 2-3, but spikes to a 5 if I do anything that I prolly shouldn't be doing anyway.
2. I still have tingling and other nerve issues down my right leg.
3. I can't bend over without a decent amount of pain. I shouldn't be bending of course and so squat, but still it is there.
4. I am more stiff than prior to surgery, in general. I get up and stretch it out every morning prior to doing anything else. If I don't, I'd better watch out cause the day will be sore.
5. My biggest complaint and most bothersome problem is thatI have hypersensitivity in the right lower back, buttock, hip, and outer thigh. Sometimes even the seam of my soft cotton pants will send me over the edge. In addition to the hypersensitivity I have pain. If I get stuck or hit with anything, even lightly in this area I have a stinging external and deep burning internal pain. This is worsened by sitting, even for a couple of minutes. Sitting generally sucks. I have been on gabapentin and now lyrica to try and quell this. Gabapentin didn't help and I couldn't remember words and such, it affected my long term memory. Lyrica is not as mind altering but it is not helping me too much either. I still end up having to take a robaxin and a lortab 7.5 every night with my lyrica to get enough respite for sleeping.
Neuro wants me to get a CT scan to determine if I have fused well enough at L4-L5 and L5-S1 to call me "healed". If I am healed he is talking about injections for the nerve damage, and/or possibly an implanted stimulator. I will be having a nerve test, where they will stick needles into my muscles and run electricity through there to gauge the response to decide what the next right thing should be. I will of course, keep you posted. In the mean time, know anything first hand about the spinal cord stims?