I have been in chronic back pain since Nov 2009. I have seen 3 different surgeons. Two neuro and one orthopedic. My initial xrays, MRI, and myelogram showed 3 bulges. L4, L5, S1. My L5 bulg had calcified so I had a L5 microdiscectomy. One he opened me up and found MANY bone spurs. He saw some on the myelogram but there were MANY more than he seen.
The first two weeks post-op i was pain free except incision pain. In week 3 I started having the nerve pain again. Mostly upon waking in the AM. I was put back on anti inflammatory meds and a steroid pack to make sure the nerve pain wasn't caused from swelling or damage to the nerve.
Now 2 1/2 months post op I am in the same boat as before surgery. Both my orthopedic surgeon (performed 1st surgery) and a neuro have told me a multi level fusion is my only option. They did say that because all my problems are on the right side they could do laproscopic instead of open.
My MRI dictation mentions mild stenosis, facet arthropathy, degenerative disc disease, narrowing and arthritis at these 3 levels also
I am 34 yr old mothet of a 9 yr old and 5 yr old identical twins, one of which is a Type 1 (insulin dependant) diabetic. I HATE not being able to enjoy my kids. I HATE taking all the meds. I HATE that my husband has to come home from working a 12 hour day to have to cook, clean and take care of kids.
Has anyone had experience with the liproscopic multi level fusion?
What is the recovery like?
I am currenyly taking
4 10/325 percocets a day
1 200 mg ultrim a day
2 75 mg voltaren a day
1 600 mg neurontin a day
3 10 mg flexeril a day
as well as asthma and thyroid meds
Any help or insight is GREATLY appreciated!!!