Hiya Guys ( and Ladies ) I dropped back in looking for some info out of complete curiosity!
Well I'm not sure I had fully Wrote out my RX before and everything they did so here we go.
I had a T-12 L-1 Herniation, Severe Central Spinal Stenosis which caused Cauda Equina Syndrome. I also had several free floating pieces of disc material free floating.Which we did not know about till the surgeon was in there.
I had a HemiLaminectomy , Disectomy , Decompression, and something called Partial Medial facetctomy.Im still learning about the last one
So I knew I had had quite a bit of bleeding during surgery and after, but it was not until I got my surgical report and saw all the scary terms that I found out I had scared the crap outta the surgeon lol. I guess they tried Homeostasis and it failed. So they started Cauterizing and used something called Floseal to get it under control. I was given Plasma or Blood , not sure which. I keep forgetting to ask.
Well it has been 2 months now since the Surgery and I feel horrible! Im exhausted within 4-5 Hours of waking up. I was pain free for awhile but the pain returned and everything that hurt before hurts again and a few new places too. The pain is the same type of pain, but not quite as bad. But the weakness and bladder control is back to normal to most part.
I had a new MRI last week and I am not as farm along in the recovery as they would like to see but I am recovering. The New Mri showed I have some new Damage but nothing that explains the Pain. I have some Spurring, Scmorl's Nodes , Signs of DDD and Arthritis in both the Lumbar and Thoracic Spine. a couple more Bulging and Herniated Disc's but only the L4/5 and S1/L5 are show signs of minor stenosis.
So what the heck?? Is this because of the Cauda Equina? Do I just need more time for my nerves to heal? What can I do to speed my healing rate? What will help with the Exhaustion? My Doctor is being very very conservative. I think he is worried he missed a Piece of disc material. He reviewed the MRI today so I will hear from them tomorrow, but here Iam sitting in my recliner debating on taking another Vicodin because the 10mg I took was not nearly enough!
Has anyone else here Had Cauda Equina? Was it from Trauma or developed slowly as mine did? How are you now? Anything you would be willing to share would be great.
I apologize but Im not up on all the abbreviations yet.So please help me with any surgery descriptions you have
I had never had a back problem before I was being pushed for the Surgery. I got a few short days to try and research but I thought It was just a herniation until the Mri Came back. Then it seemed as if everyone treated me like I was a Ticking Time Bomb!!!