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Collapsed L-5 after surgery, now what?
I have read all the posts here and find I have a question. Have any of you had surgery which have left you with more pain than when you started all the procedure steps as outlined on this thread? I have had two surgeries one in February 2013 and the other to remove hardware and two loose screws on August 2013.
My story is short. I have and I am in more pain than I could ever imagine. I have permanent nerve damage which causes leg pain at night as well as all day long. I can hardly walk correctly. I have cold feet that feel cold to the touch, and a feel of burning at the same time. ( So my mind tells me). You will only understand what I am saying if you are experiencing this sensation.
To top it off I have no insurance as my employer put me on long term disability, then the insurance company requested SSDI and won within a two week period after submitting my claim. I felt this was unreal as the time frame for Social Security to make a decision usually takes much more time than this. I am 62 so I am not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare until two years after the award.
I have seen my surgeon and have advised him of no insurance and he continues to tell me I need a stimulator. I have researched this option and the cost is very high. I have a friend that has gone this route after her surgery also failed and the stimulator is not working correctly and she is having it removed. This is not a good option for her.
There has to be a way of ridding ourselves of this nerve pain. Gabapentin / Neurontin did work for a while but is not doing the job now after taking 2800 mg per day. Also Lyrica 300 mg did work for a short period as well, then stopped working.
With all this being said, does anyone have a solution or are those of us with failed surgery's doomed for a life of pain?
Thanks for reading and I wish you all the best life has to offer.