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new to forum scheduled for thoracic multi level fusion
Hi everyone, My name is Andre, I have been suffering for a loooooong time. I am 35 year old male. Had low back multi level laminactomy in 98 for a few bulges. After surgery i felt great. I started painting homes with my father in law and in 2001 I was on a roof and felt my mid back pop. No real pain then but slowly 6 months later i needed pain medication to help live. I didnt have health insurance unitl 2007 and when brought to the attention of the DR's i was seeing nothing was ever found. By now I was using 100 mg of oxy a day. So as year pass to 2011 the Dr's say this is in my head and do anything and everything to convince me and get me off pain meds. Well one day i could no longer stand the pain and they took the first xray in 10 years and the Dr's jaw dropped. Needles to say he gave my my choice of pain killers after he saw the thumb sized arthritic mass growing off the interior of my t9. I told him to F?%^ off that isnt why i am here!.. Well i could only afford a hmo for the next few years until summer 2013 where i could no longer stand the pain. I changed to a ppo and now im scheduled December 4th for fusion. Dr. Scott Leary here in San Diego is going to do the surgery. From my research and people i know in the biz (if you know anything i need to know please let me know soon) he is one of several surgeons here in San Diego that are qualified to do this complex surgery.
although they all seem like robots at the office i still feel confident in their abilities. Im just worried about the post op pain and especially the rib and possibly ribs they need to remove. Anyone out there have experience? I have no choice. I cant live like this, I can take a 40mg oxycodone every hour and still be in pain. Im willing to risk surgery even if its 5% chance of improvement. I hardly believe it could get any worse. Mind you that i work 40+ hours a week as a construction superintendent. im taking FMLH leave to do this and need to get back to work to support my family as im the only breadwinner. I know pain intimately. Im a damn expert in pain LOL!
Multi level partial laminectomy at age 19. L5s1 L4 L3. Thoracic pain started in 2001 found herniation in t8 and t9 in 2011 multi level thoracic fusion Dec 4 2013, Los fusion near future. And other thoracic pain.......