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New to Forums, Recently had 4th Back Surgery

mazie456mmazie456 Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions
I am new to this forum, but certainly not new to back pain, problems, or surgery. My problems started back in 1998 as hip pain. The doc I was seeing dx'd it as trochanteric bursitis and sent me to PT and chiropractic. I did this for 4 months, then I went for a second opinion. The new dr said he tended to agree with my first dr, but he sent me for an MRI, just to "cover his ass." MRI showed a herniated disc at L4-5 causing central canal stenosis, and a right sided herniation at L5-S1. @)
I decided to stay with dr 2. He sent me to my current OSS who sent me to PM for lumbar ESI. Those held me over until I was in a car accident in Dec 2000. That led to a 3 level 360 fusion L3-S1, with Harrington rods, pedicle screws, donor and my own bone. Six months later I had ACDF C5-6 which was 100% successful. The most pain I had from that was my hip where he took the bone.
I entered PM about a year after the 3 level fusion. I believe sitting all day at my job was just too much. I honestly think I needed more time to heal than the time I was off. But then sitting for 8 hours is awful on the spine anyway. I left that job 3yrs after I returned to it, it was just too much. I would drive home crying most days. It was not worth it. After some time off, I found a great job in my field, where I only had to sit for 2-3 hours a day. Amazing!! I felt so blessed. Then in Nov, something happened. I have no idea what but I woke one day with horrible pain in my right thigh, my leg was weak, spasms were awful. My pcp ordered an MRI, L2-3 had a large herniation impinging on the nerve.
I had L2-3 fused 11/25/08. Three days before surgery I was laid off. I had some pretty serious complications after this surgery but I am doing okay now. My worst problem is some pain and muscle spasms above my right knee. I also have spasms in my right calf. During surgery I had some blood loss and between that and removing the messy disc, the nerves were jumbled around quite a bit so I am hoping it will get better.
That is my story and I'm sticking to it.... I am really happy I found this site, I know I will learn a lot from the wonderful people here, I hope I have something to offer as well.
Fused L2-3 to S1 and at C5-6. I have a central herniation @ T11-12 and multiple bulging discs in my thoracic. I also have fibromyalgia and suspected arachnoiditis, awaiting my results of a recent MRI.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have certainly been through alot. ~X( you still have a ways to go on your latest recovery and i wish you the best. =D> please have a look around and make yourself at home. check out the "Good News" forum for a read on successful SH surgeries. <:P good luck as you seek pain relief!! i look forward to reading your posts! have fun and make yourself some new "spiney" friends!! :D Jenny :)
  • You say about complications....please can you share your story?

    (I am on 3 spine surgeries)

    I wish you well.
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  • Thank you Jenny for your kind welcome. I do look forward to making new friends, offering support when I can, finding and offering hope wherever any can be found :) I will take a look at the Good News forum for sure. As I said, my cervical fusion was a great success, I have had no pain at all in my neck, shoulder, arm or hand since surgery in 2002. That was a great success. My lumbar is a mess though. I will heal and with some luck, be better!!
    itsalongwalk, I was in the hospital for 4 days and doing well for about 3 weeks. Then, one night I started having some pain in my lower rib cage, and my morning I could barely breathe. I had a fever and was in so much pain it was awful, my left lung had me gasping for breath. We went right to the ER where they did a CT scan and found blood clots in both of my lungs. :O I had an US on my legs, none were found in either leg, by then they all had moved to my lungs. I spent another 4 days in the hospital on IV heparin and Coumadin. The following Monday, I had pain again in the same area, but it was different so I went to my pcp.Doc sent me for another CT, no clots, but there was fluid in my lung and atelectasis which had formed as a result of inflammation from a clot that had been down in the left lower lobe of my lung. Doc wanted me to go have a thoracentesis, a procedure where they stick a needle or catheter between your ribs and drain the fluid. :jawdrop: I really wanted to avoid that, so my dr agreed to give me one week if I would keep using the breathing exercise thing I got after surgery and walk a lot. I was supposed to call if I got a fever, a cough, or the pain came back. I started using the breathing thing every 30 mins, then every 20 mins. I woke up Dec 25th, 2 days later, in horrible pain. Off to the ER once again. Good news, chest x-ray showed only a small amount of fluid. Bad news... I had to do another CT, my EKG was 'different' from my last one, and I had pleurisy from overusing that breating thing. They made me stay in observation over night. CT was good. Because of EKG I had to do a nuclear stress test. That was NO fun. But I did get rid of all of the fluid :) I need to be on Coumadin for 6 months, have weekly blood tests, etc etc etc....
    My first surgery was almost 9 hours and I had no clotting issues so this was a big surprise, considering it was a shorter surgery. Who knows exactly why this happened, I just know I am fortunate no clots were large enough to be fatal. This has been quite an experience, I hope I never go through anything like it again.
    I hope you both are well.
    Fused L2-3 to S1 and at C5-6. I have a central herniation @ T11-12 and multiple bulging discs in my thoracic. I also have fibromyalgia and suspected arachnoiditis, awaiting my results of a recent MRI.
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