You and I both fell from a motorcycle? How strange is that? I didn't exactly fall though, I was playing the role of a human missle from the back seat after we hit a deer. My husband got knocked off the bike and I went over his head and the handlebars down the highway a bit before crash landing , taking most if not all of the impact on my low back and legs, right shoulder. I wound up having a reconstruction of my right shoulder in 1995, various knee surgeries over the years, and then these two back surgeries. The first of which really messed me up, caused that spinal cord injury, and the second was a salvage job to save what I still had so that I didn't loose any more.
I have also learned to look at MRI's, CT scans and myelograms and know what is wrong, and what is going to need surgery, at least as far as orthopedically goes.
Ah well, I guess even when we know too much, at least we have some idea of what is happening, which is more than others.
I don't know, sometimes I think it all is a double edged sword.
You are right, people do have to follow what their doctor tells them both pre and post op........if they don't , they are setting themselves up for a huge set of complications they are ill prepared for.
You can come to any pity party that I plan.....I love having people come by, so that works for me. I don't do it often, but when I do , it is a humdinger!
It may be, I am guessing that it might be something electrical since he keeps talking about
the ST wave thing and the III lead, but won't know until I see him again. It must not be anything too serious otherwise I would be seeing him sooner than early December. The discharge instructions said to see him in a week, but his office gave me an appointment for two weeks after the cath, which is early Dec......not sure which ones I am supposed to follow but since they had already scheduled an appointment for early Dec, I will keep that one.
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..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.