Pain and numbness after L3-L4-L5 fusion...doctors are clueless!
First off, hello to all!
I wanna keep my story short (don't want to bore anyone). lol
Dec 30, 2009 I fell off the bed of my work truck on my butt. Instant lower back pain, not good I thought.
Worked a few more days (I'm a safe installer/cracker).
I did a 2 day install of 2-300# safes and 6-125# safes by myself.......pain was even worse when install was complete!
My boss contacted insurance and as of Jan 10, 2010 I was on work comp.
After 9 months of work comp games, double fusion was approved!
Aug 17, 2010 I had my fusion of L3-L4-L5. 4 hour surgery and a 3 day stay in the hospital.
NOW, here we go with the pain no one can answer?
After surgery and recovery room, I was put in my room. I came out of anesthesia and told my wife and the surgeon that I had a pain/numbing feeling down the outside of my right leg (from hip to just above knee).
It has been 2 years and 2 months since surgery, and I have more pain on top of that now!
I could not handle physical therapy and still haven't done it. They tried ASTEM but you can't touch the right side of my hip or leg....useless.
Here we are as of today, Oct.2, 2012~ Still have the numbing/pain down outside right leg, lower back pain below fusion has came on, locking/pain in right hip and can NOT be touched on my lower back, along hip and down right leg with out pain.
Finally as of now my surgeon, second opinion doctor and IME doctor say remove the hardware.
I hope someone can give me more answers than "fusion looks good, not sure why you have pain"?
Thank you, Phil