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pain in left leg following fusion
Hello. I've communicated with a couple of you and I thought it was time to do my first post. So here's the story and if anyone has anytg hing similar it would be great to hear from you. I had a diskectomy 3-4 years ago in Oregon. Since then I've moved to a much smaller town with a lot less to choose from. Anyway, everyone loved the town doctor. I started having pain in my right leg and they did an MRI and it showed I had a herniated disk again. So o chose to do another diskectomy..That was a pretty easy surgery but within 48 hours I was back in his office because th leg hurts horribly. I should be brave but...so a new MRI showed that the left side of the disk he had worked on had herniated. So basically we were at the point where I now needs d a fusion. Scared the heck out of me, but they did the fusion of L4-S1
I woke with horrible pain in my left leg. It's still that way. I saw a neurologist and he did a test and said the L5 nerve was very active.....and he'd consult with the surgeon. Meanwhile I'd had two cortisone Injections. They worked but then I had. another surgery and made the effects go away so I'd have to have another injection. During this time I was taking percocet and knew I was losing weight but no idea how bad things had gotten. I got really sick and couldn't even keep water down. All I could do was get sick. After two days of that, we went to the ER. They gave me fluids and then the doc said clear liquids and sent us home. Didn't get any better so we ended up back and this time we got a doctor who admitted me. I weighed in at 75 lbs. I am only 4'11" and I'm Asian so I have a small build anyway, but 75 is pretty scary and they were talking about a feeding tube. I met with the hospital dietician and got slot of good advice from her. So now I'm back home...I gained 4-5 lbs so it's gonna be a long battle. I thought I'd gained more. I feel like I'm eating like a horse so it's a little discouraging. The worst thing is that I still have the pain in my left leg. For awhile, both my legs were totally swollen...about 10 lbs of fluid in each leg...it hurt so bad..d.felt like I was gonna burst.
So right now we are really interested in recomendations for a blender/pulverizer. I'm not a cook and I hate it....but I've heard you can make some pretty good drinks a d get your veggies that way. The dietician was telling me how this one you can put grape vines in it or the green tops of the strawberries, which is pretty cool. I don't have to have the latest model, if I can find one that's comparable. I have constant pain down my leg...can't drive, hard time walking, . etc.
So if anyone out there has any advice , opinions, recommendations, that would be great. Sorry my intro post got so long...but three surgeries in 3- 4 months has left me rather desperate. Thanks for listening...Becky