Hi , I'm Sandi. I have had back surgery twice now in the last less 18 months. The first was a PLIF/TLIF with cages, and instrumentation. I developed a post op case of Cauda Equina Syndrome which caused many, many neurological problems, which still are not resolved. I had a revision surgery in August of 2007 to try to decompress the central canal, and for pseudoarthrosis at L4-5, as well as to try to free up the other nerves. So far, I am not seeing any improvement in pain levels either from the back pain or the neuro pain. My neurosurgeon and I have kind of resigned ourselves to not seeing any since he hoped that we would see it after the surgery.
My story is a long one but I don't want to bore anyone with it.
I was taking oxycontin ER and IR for pain but found that it wasn't working so well anymore prior to the revision surgery. I decided to give it some time since I was having the second surgery and hoped to get some relief from that. In October after another increase in pain med dosage, I quickly came to the conclusion that it wasn't working and took myself off it after talking to my physiatrist, who decided that we would try Opana instead.
I tapered myself off the Oxycontin with no real problems, surprisingly, and we started the Opana ER and IR for pain control. So far, we are still tapering the dosage and it seems to help some but not nearly enough. I see the physiatrist again two days after Christmas, so I'm sure that we will go up another 10 mg then. Hopefully, that will offer enough relief that we won't have to go higher than that.....
The neurosurgeon had me see another doctor for a consult for spinal cord stimulation but I have several reasons not to do that at this point.....I was also diagnosed with arachnoiditis after my second surgery, so that is one factor in my decision not to go forward with that at this time.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and give you a bit of background on me. I've spent the last few days reading old posts to try to get a feel for the board and it's members.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..