Hi, I'm new here... so please forgive me for coming off as the newbie I am sure that I will. I would say this has been covered here 50,000 times (maybe a slight exaggeration) but I had the TLIF spinal fusion L4-L5 on October 18th of this year. I immediately had relief upon awakening with the pain down the back of my legs. However, I also immediately noticed a "new" pain in my right groin area, down my right leg, and in my right hip. I told the neurosurgeon who didn't seemed to be too concerned at the time. I was in the hospital 5 days, had some complications (had to have a blood transfusion, had a bad migraine, etc etc). Anyway... things were looking better until this past week. I saw him a few weeks ago and told him the pain was still present, but it wasn't real bad at the time. I was so excited and then this "new" pain I was having got worse on like Tuesday... It was really bad in my hip and slowly moved down to my thigh area, groin and even further down. By Thursday and Friday, it started moving into my calf and ankle. I don't know much about this kind of thing but I tried to reach my neurosurgeon every day and no return call from him or any of his PA's, nurses, residents, etc. It was very disappointing not to have one person able to return my call and just answer my question as to whether this was normal or not. My family got so concerned , as well as myself, and I finally went to the ER (the hospital I had this performed at is 4 hours from where I live at a large hospital). The ER did some xrays and the ER Doc told me it appeared I had Sciata (S-1)... this is something new to me as my surgeon never told me this. FINALLY I get a return call late yesterday from one of my surgeon's PA's and she was very short with me (almost like she was ticked off she had to call me) and she said there is no way they can tell from an xray if you have a sciatica problem. She was very short and told me all he could do at this point was give me flexeril refill and they could not work me in any quicker than Dec. 17th (which was my followup appt). I almost felt like she was saying (excuse me because I don't use bad language) but it was like she was saying F U! We don't care! I am so frustrated. I've been crying myself to sleep... crying all day. Trying my best not to take my medicine too early or too often or too much because I might run out before it's due again. I just am not dealing well at all. ER gave me a shot of demerol and phenergan which barely took the edge off, but at least it did. It got so bad today that I almost didn't care if I just died already. Is this normal following this type surgery and do I have any hope of it actually going away? Anyone else experience it in this way and if you did, did it go away eventually? I read where it could just be inflammed from the surgery... Just soooooooooooooooooooo frustrated
Thanks in advance to anyone who can tell me anything that will help. I'm desperate and very miserable and I don't know who to talk to about this.
The surgeon's office sure doesn't seem to care and my hospital isn't communicating with their hospital grrrrr ... Sorry for writing a novel!