I am off to see my pain management dr once again in a few days and am in an information gathering mode. I am 14 months post op spinal fusion surgery and am still suffering severe pain in my right buttocks, hip, leg and foot. My pain seems to be increasing by the month. I have not been able to sit since before the surgery(L5S1 spondy). Now I am finding that standing is also proving to be an issue, due to increasing pain in my rt heel. My original surgery was for L5S1 only. According to my neurosurgeon my right vertebra had collapsed by the time they went in for the fusion and my nerve root was crushed. Somehow(unsure exactly) my L4 vertebra broke during the procedure which cause more trauma to the damaged nerve at L5/S1, due to excessive bleeding and vacuuming of bone debris etc, etc from the site. I was told after the surgery that there was a chance my nerve would be permanently damaged. However, I had no idea that the pain would continue to increase or worsen over time. First it was 12 months for the sciatic nerve to recover; now I'm hearing 24 and I am so tired of fighting the pain in my hip and leg. Can't wear pants any more for more than a couple hours as my back is so sensitive but cold is so painful I have to cover my legs. Now that summer is leaving I am dealing with the constant feeling of burning and shock-like electrical currents running down my leg daily, and especially at night. When I try to sleep my right toes move all by themselves and then cramp up. I'm sick of the gabapentin, nortriptyline and pain meds. Sorry, enough of the complaining!
My questions are:
Anybody had anything similar as far as symptoms?
Has anybody out there an idea of how often a vertebra away from the site breaks during surgery and why it happens? The MRI I had 2 months prior to my surgery makes me question my surgeons answer that it was due to arthritis in bone.
I would greatly appreciate any input. I am flat worn out from the pain after 2 years of this.
Thanks to all and hope you all the best. It is truly disturbing how many people suffer from terrible and chronic back pain for years on end. WHATS UP WITH THAT?