Just a little background on me. I am 39 and was pretty active with full time job and three teenage daughters. In August 2013 I had a spinal fusion of l4 to l5 after I herniated that disk and the s1 when I fell 7 feet. Anyway, the only reason I did the surgery was to get the feeling in my right leg back as the disk was hitting a nerve. So had the fusion with screws and two rods with the stem cells and all that and while 2 months post op I was feeling good. Still had the numbness in my leg though. Doc told me it was for from the swelling and would go away. Now a year later still have it. I recently went in to complain again that I was in pain and leg was throbbing. MRI was ordered. That showed nodda. Next a ct. Now I have to wait a week to see the doc and discuss it but his pa tells me he believe an the fusion failed and will need a revision. When I asked what that ment he wouldn't speak about it.
Now I have some med training being I was an EMT for a few year's before my injury. Anyway I could tell looking at the ct from the disk that there wasn't any bone material. There had been some before however. So, now I am just sitting her worrying about what will happen next. I wanted to get the first surgery and recover then back to work. Never happened.
I have tried to contact other doctors but no one will see me as I have a fusion already. All I know for sure it the pain is real and so is the leg numbness and weakness. I have a 40% strength loss as of last test. I wondered for the longest time if the screws from the fusion could have been running some nerves causing my leg issue. I can't drive because sitting hurts. Seems to make my back swell where the screws are. If I stay on my side I'm OK pain wise but leg is moving all night just to try and keep that fatigued feeling away so sleep is few and far between. I took lyrica and it didn't help me much. Took some others too and nodda.
Bothers me most is I have no idea what's going on in there and when I call office I'm told have to wait till apt. I wanna know what's wrong and what choices I have to fix it. I know I hate having the screws in there and rods because the impression can be seen and when I sit on any chair with a back it hurts.
Anyone else had similar issues?
What was the fix?
How long was recovery? Any info would be helpful. I'm not a patient personand sitting by waiting a week for an appt is making me insane. Here it is 5:30 am and I can't sleep. Just can't get comfortable.