Hello my fellow spiney's. I'm so sorry that I haven't been on here lately. Some of you may already know that I was going thru the SCS trial. I ended up in hospital for 5days with spinal headache due to the lead scraping my spinal cord producing small spinal leakage.
Since then the back pain has increased and the numbness and tingling is getting worse so I called the new neurosurgeon's office to let them know as I wasn't scheduled for another appt for 2wks and I was concerned. They had me come in yesterday and I had a complete meltdown. I'm so sick of laying in bed all the time cuz I am in so much pain and that's the only semi-comfy position and not being able to get out and do things with my family and friends. My toes are starting to go numb on me and the tingling is getting constant.
The surgeon informed me that the 2 broken screws have now pushed thru and are pushing on the s1 nerve causing this pain, numbness and tingling in legs, feet and toes. After reviewing my films again and the fact that I had the compllications with the trial he has decided that another fusion would be my best chance of having a better quality of life.
So yes, i'm going under the knife again on April 19th. I wanted to wait until after Easter or else they would've done w/in 2wks cuz i'm in agony. I may ask to have date moved up tho not sure yet. He is going to fuse L4-S1 posterior with rods and screws and said they don't use plates anymore because they tend to slip. He said I'm the perfect examply why their office doesn't do ALIF and don't use plates. He said they are not as stable and the plates can shift and in my case 2 screws broke.
Like Tony (aka straker) I've been told there maybe 50% reduction of pain which is still better than where I am now. He also described this is a tough surgery and mine will be atleast 1yr and I may have to go into rehab facility.
Sorry for being so long. I'm trying to get everything in there. I haven't been on much cuz I've been in so much pain and the meds make me so tired that I spend most time in bed sleeping.