Hi all my fellow Spineys!
I am having my Myelogram tomorrow morning! As many of you know my recovery from my ALIF on 8/24/10 has been, well kind of rough and sprinkled with lots of little complications. You may also now that I opted to fuse only one level L4-5, which was completely gone and the leave 2 other levels that were pretty bad alone. Maybe a mistake, who knows? Two surgeons said to fuse 2 levels and another procedure on the 3rd level. My discogram was screwed up rendering it somewhat equivocal.
Post op pain has been so much worse then preoperatively, meds are 3 times what they were and I am unable to work. I have seen some small progress and I know am blessed so please know I am not really complaining here, just sharing.
My brilliant NS really has just all but blew me off, partly because I went to a pm doc 2.5 weeks post op as my meds were a mess and he was just not providing the after care that I needed. Also, he is very disappointed in my progress, my 7 week check up, he just kept shaking his head at me in disbelief! (he also blew off my low grade fever complaints & urinary problems for weeks!) He was not even interested (at that point, in all fairness) in exploring what was happening to me. He knew better then anyone my spine issues but it felt as if he only cared about the level he fused (and the extraordinary fusion he did). It was a sad and disappointing visit for my husband & I as well
My pm doc set up my Myelogram with a different NS (my operating NS is not involved, I feel like I'm cheating on him LOL!). As I have posted a 100 times my pm doc has truly taking my recovery & health into his hands. I thank god for him & his guidance that has got me through the last 2 months.
Ok, so the covert black op Myelogram is tomorrow, the NS performing the procedure has opted to put me under anesthesia, to minimize my suffering. I am a little scared of the spinal headache thing! NS told me he will keep me in post op for a minimum of 5 hours to watch for th headache or any other complications. I am praying this goes uneventful but provides some answers as to why I am such a mess.
I kindly ask ny SH family to pray and or keep me in their thoughts tomorrow. I need lots of positive energy!
Thanks for your support!