I have been reading the posts under surgeries looking for anyone that has posted about thoracic fusions and there doesn't appear to be anyone. Most of the fusion stories are lumbar fusions.
I've been looking all over this site for really any surgery on thoracic with no luck. I know it is not common in the thoracic but come on. It cannot be that uncommon can it?
I reached out to my neurosurgeons office today for a second opinion about my chronic thoracic pain. This surgeon did both of my L5-S1 surgeries and the guy was amazing so I thought why not reach out to him.
Going on two and a half years with pain management still in just about the same pain as when I started if not worse. Only difference is all the medical debt they have caused me.
I just got my CT scan results but don't go back to PM till the 14th to discuss the results. I thought I would call the surgeons office for another opinion. What a big difference between the two offices. If you read some of my prior posts you will see that PM has been a huge joke the last few years.
The surgeons office transferred me to one of his specialists who asked me a ton of questions with what has happened since 2015 when he did my last lumbar surgery. Then she was able to pull up my CT scan which I was shocked because that was done under a different hospital not affiliated plus they didn't order it. I didn't know they could do that.
Then the last question was what would I like to happen on his team. I said I'm over the run around with PM that I would like someone who deals with just the spine to look at my scan and give me an honest opinion of what I should do next. She said ok, give him two days to go over everything and we will call you back on Monday. Then they will discuss over the phone his thoughts and recommendations and if he can help me. If he can and I want to proceed then they'll schedule an office visit to talk to him in person.
I was amazed. I couldn't believe it was that easy and willing to look into this plus calling me back to discuss what he thinks. For gosh sakes I have to schedule an office visit with PM just to pick up a paper prescription for a med that I've been on for over 2 years! So they can charge me the $300 office fee to pick up a piece of paper!
That's when I started thinking that maybe PM has been taking advantage of me for so long to fill their pocket book. Needless to say, I really hope the surgeon finds something on my scan that he can help me with.
Which goes back to my question, looking for someone that's gone through a fusion in the thoracic spine. If what I'm seeing on my results is correct I think that might be what he recommends.
I'm curious on what the recovery time was like for you and how soon returning to work could be? That would be my biggest concern if I can return to my desk job in a reasonable time. With all of my surgeries, recovery was around 2 to 3 weeks before I went back to work.
Let me know your experience with that please.
Taking it one day at a time, that is all we really can do while living with chronic pain.