Well now....I just want to apologize to all of my friends here for my not being here very much. I seem to have a bad habit of hibernating when things get a bit too much for me. So, I am sorry.
Most of you have read about the MRI results so I won't go into that. But I will say that I'm not surprised that it came out so badly...I was having some horrible pain so I knew something wasn't right.
What I am worried about is what can really be done for me. When I agreed to have the Spinal Fusion I was under the impression that it would solve my pain problems once and for all....boy was I naive. It didn't work because I already had permanent nerve damage that they didn't know about until they got in there. Since then I've had more and worse pain. What's next? After fusion I think my options surgically are very limited. I wish I had waited and maybe had more options.
So. what can I expect? All of the NON surgical things that can be done have been done. Is there such a thing as a fusion revision? Can they go back in there and try to open up things again? Since I have such severe Stenosis I don't think there's much left.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1700 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning and bedtime
Lantus 50 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Byetta 5 mcg. 2X daily
Whitebeard...you hit the nail on the head when u mentioned that I still have a disc at L5....As far as I know I had fusion at L4-S1...but how can that be? In the report it mentions that I had 2 lamenectomies....but I only had 1...I am so confused!!! Could it be that they told me I had the fusion surgery and they really only did a lamenectomy? What would be the reason behind it? When I go back on the 7th I am going to ask about it....These are the Dr.'s that sent me to the surgeon to have the Fusion done so I am assuming that they have records...right?
Besides all that mess I am worried about what's next...what is possible?...is anything possible?
These Dr.'s are my Pain Management Dr.'s so they do deal with my pain control. I have been going there for over 6 years...maybe 7. They have always been there for me....even when they should have told me to "hit the bricks" they didn't. They are the first and ONLY Dr.'s that haven't treated me like a junkie...even my old PCP acted like I was making it all up just to get some Lortabs...Lortabs? Really? If only....I wish that I were just some drug seeking feind that had no real pain...then I could just worry about getting HIGH... What a life that would be....not being a junkie...being pain free.
So...I wish I had done something else besided the fusion..but I can't take it back. All I can do is wait and see what they tell me when I go back next week. I have always known that I would be on pain pills for the rest of my life, that's ok. What I do want is better pain control. Methadone has been great for me over the years but it's time to try something else. Maybe Opana ER...maybe Oxycontin...I'm not real sure what would work for me.
Thanks to all of you for caring so much...it makes a big difference in my life.