Flatback Syndrome-excruciating pain in lowerback and the thighs.
Right now I am sitting on my couch writing this because I have spinal fusion from t-2 thru l-5. I had harrington rods placed in 1984. I had the double curve (s) and it was progressing at such a fast rate that I could become paralyized or die because my ribs started to move front to back and they would eventually pierce my heart and lungs. I am a 61 year old woman and I have two sons who were 8mos. and 3yrs old at the time of my surgery. I didn't have much help from my husband as he worked construction to pay the bills (we had no insurance) so he was gone alot. I had a couple of family members who would take turns and help out for the a month or so and then I was left on my own. It was very difficult, but somehow I made it through it.
The surgery helped with the pain I was going through and it left me with tolerable pain. Which was ok with me. The rods lasted about 18 years and that is when the most severe pain and excruciating pain started up on me again. I received Lortab 5 for the pain, which didn't even touch the pain but that all they give me at the time. I kept seeing our local doctors for two years and I didn't get any help from the Dr.s in our little town. Thats when My family physician told me that I had to go back up to The University of Utah orthopedics Clinic where I had the initial surgery and have the Doctors that did my Surgery take a look at me. It was now October of 2003. I thought I wanted to Die cause the pain was so bad! They said that the lower part of the rod had loosened itself and it had become embedded itself into my spinal cord. They said that I needed to have surgery to remove the rods and they continued the fusion from t-3 thru l-5 and they placed 6 screws in the area of l-3 to l-5. What it did was to create a new problem which is called flatback syndrome. I am now back in worse pain in my lower back and my thighs, 24/7 pain rated 8-10 and I take Lortab 10 now and it barely touches the pain. I am always tired, yet I cant sleep due to the pain in my lower back and excruciating pain in my thighs. I cannot do my daily household chores or any kind of exercising because it causes the pain to worsen. I hurt and I feel useless. I feel like I am ready to die to take me out of this misery. I was wondering if anyone out there has the lower back pain accompanied by the Rt. and Lt pain on the sides of their thighs?