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.