Well I had my Lumbar Fusion on the 6/10/09. During my time HDU I had an epidural which was stopped for an hour just to cxheck to see if I could move my toes. The epidural was forgotten to be topped up again,!!!! during this time my left leg was dropped from a bent knee position causing an avulsion fracture near to the bone donor site !!!!. I came home after 10 days on crutches due to the fracture and now also have severe sciatica in my right leg (which I had never had a problem with).
the incident in HDU had not been recorded in any of the nurses medical notes !!! this has aslo lengthened my return to work. My pain relief is still not fully under control. I am unable to have a full nights sleep and spend most nights crying in pain.
Having seen my consultant the fusion was a success I need another MRI to see if another disc is causing the sciatica if so another fusion will be needed. "basically my spine is a mess" I have had four ops in five months and can't face another, yet I can't continue or work in the pain I am in. I love my job and wish to return as soon as possible.