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j.howie's Guiney Pig XLIF surgery---FOLLOW UP

j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I started getting freaked out buy the pain and swelling of the spinal chord stimulator, IPG site. It was causing me more pain than the surgery site on the other side. And was hot. I was afraid it was infected or abscessed where the IPG was being smashed into my side during the surgery. I could not get any good quality sleep and the pain was breaking through. Unless I used everything that they prescribed me
(and I thought that was just too much) I made an appointment with my surgeon on Mon. and the earliest I could get was Thurs. I had an appoint. in the valley w/ my G.P. that day anyway. And one w/ my P.M. Dr. on Fri.
That was too long of a wait for something I thought was real serious. But that's all I could get so I took it.
And that was his diagnosis. An infection w/ a puss pocket on the inside of the I.P.G. site. He ordered a blood test for white cells and something else. And a prescription of KEFLEX 500 mg. 4xday for 2 weeks.
He said he had never seen an I.P.G. that stuck out that far and asked me If I wanted it taken out!??? I Said NO! And that I wanted to have it reprogrammed after I totally recovered from the surgery. (I had promised Susan aka stockbroker) that that would be the game plan) since she harped & harped at me to get it reprogrammed back before she passed away.
Anyway that bad news, is actually good news because now I know what it was causing me so much pain and other problems. And it wasn't the XLIF surgery.
Now after this keflex dose it's trick. I should be right back on track! :D It was quite a challenge to make the trip down there. because I couldn't have anything touching my back or pressing against it. it was 2= hrs. to the 1 appoint. and back in the car for a 1+ hr. trip to 2 appoint. an then 2 + hrs. back to my moms house for a day of rest before going home! #:S
Good luck, Jim

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You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!


  • Good you're on antibiotics and I hope you can get your SCS working again for ya. Susan was a great friend and we can remember what she said and get with it! God let her be at peace. It must be a challenge to not have your SCS while you're healing from your surgery. I hope you're feeling better and move forward day by day. Inch by inch. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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