Posted 11/20/2014 2:21 PM (GMT -6)
I am seeking advice. I am a 37 year old male, and had an L-5/S-1 Discectomy/Laminectomy in March of 2014. Didn't feel great after, but returned to work anyway. Fast forward 6 months, I have basically the same symptoms that I had pre-surgery plus some new ones. I continue to have pain/numbness radiating down my right leg and into my foot....by 2pm each day at work my leg/foot are just about completely numb and my lower back is on fire and shooting pain like every second. My leg gave out on me a few weeks ago and I fell onto well uh, ....my butt and it felt like LIGHTNING STRUCK, a jolt of pain that went from my lower back to the top of my skull and I became very dizzy.
Went and had new x-rays done, the surgeon calls me 15 minutes later and orders a new MRI to be done THAT DAY. The MRI doctor said it appeared that my C-5 was cracked/fractured; and that I "had some other stuff going on".
My surgeon's interpretation says no vertebral fracture, but excessive compression of the C-5/L-5/S-1 Sacro joint, and L-6 is now protruding into my spinal nerve. Also excessive scarring, etc...etc...oh yeah, I was in a car accident 4 weeks post-surgery but it was only at 30mph so I never thought anything of it.
Back problems run in my family, my father having had 9 back surgeries including 2 fusions, and a brother with a fusion 15 years ago and is on permanent disability ever since; they can no longer improve his situation or his pain with any further surgery.
I'm taking around 60mg a day Oxy and it barely touches it, but I also have a high medication tolerance. My surgeon has stated that the following are my options:
A) Lysis of Adhesions - where they clean out the scar tissue I suppose and try to decompress the area, and this would be followed by a 2nd discectomy for the other ruptured disc.
B) Lumbar Spinal Fusion - From what I read, like 30% of people who get this surgery are as bad or worse off than before they got the surgery.
Considering that one source says my C-5 is snapped in half, the original surgeon says it is not. I'm wondering if the surgeon hurt me or broke my vertebrae during first surgery, or if perhaps I broke it in the car accident. Either way, I've gotten my pre/post scans back and I look rather jumbled up now and I've looked at enough of these to know when something doesn't look right....
I scream out in pain at night without realizing it until I've woken.
I can't get comfortable sitting or standing or lying down.
I drive 1.5 hours one way to work and this kills me.
By the time I get home I've worked 7-8 hours and driven 3 hours, and all I want to do is get into bed and not move, and that's basically all I CAN do....until I fall asleep and then wake up every time I switch to a position that causes enough pain to wake me.
Now when I walk sometimes I'm getting jolting shock like pain that shoots from my right foot to the top of my skull, my vision goes blurry and I get dizzy when this happens. I'm actually pretty worried about this.
My surgeon wants me to go to Pain Management now but I suspect that if he made a mistake on my other surgery or something that he wants to get me out of his hair, so to speak.
I think I need to get a 2nd opinion from another surgeon especially since this is now affecting my vision/balance/etc.....at times and at other times I just can barely move at all.
Any advice, encouragement, sharing of experiences, etc....would be GREATLY appreciated.