Double Laminectomy and Discectomy L4-L5 and L4-L3 Severe Pain
Hello fellow sufferers. I had looked every where for someone who had had the same surgery as me and had issues finding anyone else so I thought I'd share my story. In 2008 I was changing positions in bed and felt a weird sensation in my back and felt my left leg start tingling. When I got up I had severe pain going down my left leg. I had back pain before and thought it would work itself out and struggled to get ready for work at a portrait studio. By the time I got to work I could no longer stand, sit, or move. I didn't have insurance so I went home and tried to let it run its course. This would happen 3 more times throughout the year, and finally went to the Dr and was told I had sciatica due to disc herniation. I'm a stubborn person so I let it go bc I was a single mother of 4 and did not get child support so I didn't have time for PT. I got married to a wonderful man in August 2011, and decided I would finally go to the DR again. Before I could schedule the appt I was sitting at my child basketball practice and went to pick up a ball for team mate. As I bent down I felt a hard pull in my back and both legs radiated with pain. Every move I made sent razor blades through my legs and back. As quickly I as I could I rounded up my 4 kids without trying to draw attention to myself. Then for the firtst time in 10 years, I cried. I still had to drive home, breathing and panting like I was in labor. The next day the Dr scheduled an MRI for the next day, 2 days later I was in the office being told I had multilevel disc herniations, mulitlevel facet deteriation, spinal stenosis, DDD, and bundling of the nerves at the spine. I was then scheduled at a neurosurgeons. I was told there that I had no option other than emergency surgery due to the conditions, and that the 2 discs were barely in my spinal column. I was scheduled for surgery the NEXT day. I was told I would wake up feeling immediate relief of the sciatica nerve in my left leg. I woke up in the most severe pain I had ever felt in my life. To this day I cannot describe how bad it was. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk, it was pain that I never felt was possible without physically dying. To make it worse the Dr was right, I felt immediate relief of pain in my left leg, all my pain was now highly condensed in my RIGHT leg. HE said it was due to the swelling bc he had to pull the nerve off the right one so far due to my left nerve almost being completely severed. I was then taken to my room and put on a dilauded drip. Every task was horrible and I was sent home 24 hours later. I actually blacked out from the pain on the way home and only remember being placed on the couch. When I had to go to the restroom, it took 4 hours for my husband to help me up. Even though he was doing all of the physical pulling and lifting, every move felt like electric shocks through my body. After 2 weeks I could walk with a walker to the restroom, 6 weeks later I could finally stand erect. The Dr just said that the damage to my nerves was severe but that I would have no problem returning to work in 12 weeks. Now I am a very strong willed and even stubborn woman. I drove myslef home from the hospital after all 4 of my c-sections (my first husband was an ass), and returned to work 4 days after having a double tendon repair in my foot and ankle. I consider myself to have very high pain tolerance, but this surgery has tested everything I thought I was. I went back to the Dr 3 days before I was suppose to return to work, still having the severe pain in my right leg and now was having my back go out every time I bent over. The Dr then told me that only 15% of people with my surgery ever return to work, and doubted I ever would either. He scheduled another MRI due to believing I had a 3rd herniated disc. (I was forced to resign from my supervisor position of 3 years at a local television operations team.) Told I went back to the Dr to be told that the surgery was a success, but that the pain I had was due to PERMANENT nerve damage, that there was nothing else he could do, and that my condition and pain would likely NEVER change. He then recommended I go to a pain clinic. I walked out of the office feeling like my life had just ended. Knowing there was nothing else he could do was devestating. Knowing that at only 30 years old, I was destined to be on pain killers for the rest of my life. To make everything worse, that having children with my new, amazing husband would not be recommended. I was told if I were to conceive that the baby would be lying on my damaged nerves and that I could take nothing for pain. When I said that having a baby with him would be worth it, he told me that my body may miscarry the baby due to the amount of pain I would be in and that being the bodies natural response. Nine months of pain would be worth it to me to have a child with this amazing man, but I'm afraid that the pain and heartbreak of losing it would push me off the edge.
Everyday for me seems like its filled with nothing but taking pills, pain, and complaining about being in pain. The pharmacys treated me like an addict bc I take oxycotins, and so do the office staff. They all treat me like I want to have to take pills, but the truth is I would love to not have to revolve my life around a little orange bottle.