• over 2 years ago

    Back Surgery

    I had a spinal fusion in February, 2016. I wish I had never had this done. I still have back pain not to mention the nerve pain in both legs. My surgeon has been no help in managing my pain!! I hope that in the event you are considering this surgery that you will not let any surgeon touch you!!

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  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Back Surgery

    Hello. I am sorry you are going through this.

    Looks like you are experiencing what is known as "failed back syndrome". You would probably benefit by seeing a pain management specialist that is a physiatrist. These doctors go deeper and offer a wide variety of treatments. You would also probably benefit by getting a second opinion from either a different spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal neurosurgeon.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.

    Blessings,
    -Dave
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Back Surgery

    I was hit while by a car while riding my bike back in 2015. I've had 3 back surgeries now on L4,L5 to correct the problem. I'm in far more pain than I was before the surgeries. The quality of my life has decreased significantly. Before it was discovered that I could not carry through with the my job duties, I resigned from my job recently. I have never quit healed from the day of the accident. I was referred to a pain management dr. However, I do not trust my pain mgmt dr. Although he is prescribing pain pills to me at this time, I feel like he is pushing the Spinal Cord Simulator on me. I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before he stops prescribing medicine to me because I keep saying no to the spinal cord simulator. I'm living a nightmare. My diagnosis is "failed back surgery." I take Gabapentin 600 mg 3x a day with Zohydro twice a day. That's barely enough to calm my nerves through my legs and ease the pain in my back. When really all I want is to be off everything entirely. I just don't feel the Spinal Cord Simulator is the answer for me. Is there anyone out there in my situation? If so, can you share if you've found a solution? I'm 39 years young with 3 children. As my username implies, I want to run again.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Back Surgery

    It sounds like you are talking about my life! I can’t drive because I don’t have proper feeling in my feet, I use a walker, and a host of other things. The depression might be the worst. I am seeing an orthopedist at the end of this month. I am going to see what can be done without any more surgeries. I had an EMG on my legs and hopefully will be getting the results later this week. Keep us posted and I will let you know what the doctors say in case it is helpful.
      • over 1 year ago
        Interesting enough, I don't know else can be done for my condition without painkillers or even another surgery. I have been on them far too long...I believe since June 2016? Since my 1st back surgery. I'd describe my quality of life as "draining and exhausting." Sounds like yours too. The surgeon who did my 3 back surgeries dumped me off on pain management. However, I checked in another orthopedic for a second opinion last summer who said no more surgeries, no more anything just rest. While with pain management, get care, have time to heal, and get some shots to see if, in fact, this last surgery takes. After 14 months, I checked back in with the orthopedic this past Friday (9/7/18.) Sadly enough, he says according to the x-rays, I haven't healed. Unfortunately, my surgery has slipped from where it was placed. It could be a matter of bone density or just plain bad work. But, it shows, I have a lot of nerves compressed. I have a CT myelogram scheduled for 9/20/18. It's where they inject dye into my back. Once it's had 2 hours to settle, they'll look for blockage through my body. They're suggesting reconstructive back fusion. I'm mixed about the news. On one foot, I'm relieved to hear there's light at the end of the tunnel. I have been in so much pain for too long, I'm ready to get my live back. On the other foot; however, I'm reluctant to have anyone else touch me. I mean, I selected my dr, because he was a "Dr" close by my work and had good reviews. Even though word of mouth, I heard good things. I thought, I'd be repaired within a summer (teacher) and keep going. I wasn't suppose to be hurting 3 years later trying to hide it from everyone including my job. It's been hell! I wonder what's the difference between a CT myelogram versus an EKG for your legs. I'd be interested in hearing the results when you do get them.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Back Surgery

    I'm sorry this happened. I've had a lot of success with acupuncture. It's painless and treatments last maybe 20-30 minutes tops. Good luck!
  • 17 days ago

    RE: Back Surgery

    Sinhud,
    So sorry! I hope u chose a neurosurgeon to do your surgery. U need to see a PM doc to manage your pain. Your surgeon will only treat you for pain for a short time. They are not long term pain managers. Find yourself a PM doc and get well soon.
    Baldino