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Second Surgery Later...

Started by Dana H A on 09/12/2012 8:43pm

In March of 2009, I had my first Spinal Fusion, as soon as I awoke, I said something wasn't right that I could feel something moving in my back. I was told that this was normal. The surgeon was not my first choice; for that matter not my choice at all. I was injured in a work accident in 2004. I fought for the five years for Workers Comp to do something. I was sent to the worst of the worst. At any rate I wemt through all of the typical mumbo jumbo. I was given the royal shaft. Not only have I not been able to work since July of last year, I was stuck going to the W/C doctors, in Dec of 2011 it finally came to an end. I was able to be picked up on my husband's insurance and was able to go back to a doctor that I now call my HERO! I had originally gone to this doctor before my 1st surgery and W/C would not approve him... hmmmm.... He came very recommended with several friends to back him up. Of course first thing I do with the start of the new year was to get in with my HERO, and he orders a new mylegram (sp). My mylegram shows ruptures in my T Spine, Cervical spine and not just a failed fusion in the lumbar, but simply no fusion..... I went in April for the Fusion for my Cervical spine, wow what a breeze. I was ready to do some business, I do have some residual nerve issues, but nothing that can't be handled. My shoulders have the occasional spasm but that is about it. I have fused 100 percent in my cervical spine. I would be lying if I said that I still didn't have pain though. Now on to the Lumbar. I was scheduled to have surgery three weeks ago. Thanks to my HERO who rechecks several times before he cuts once. He relized that all the other Doctors in our state use normally standard hardware; however the quack that inserted my original hardware had used something other than. My Hero didn't have the needed tools to take the screws out. So this brings me to today, I came home from the hospital on Monday! When my Hero got into my back, my screws were so loose that he was able to turn them with his hands. ALL OF THEM..... He said that everytime I moved, it was like an ice pick chipping in my back. I have said on a daily basis that I could feel my rods moving in my back since my original surgery. Not to mention all of the other complications I now have RSD in my left leg and foot. My Hero, says because it went for so long untreated that it may very well be too late, and no good results to come with the RSD. When I awoke this time, I was having spasms in my legs that made me feel like I had run a 50 mile marathon. I go Friday for a bone growth stimulator, praying all well with it.... My question is this, who is at fault?

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Welcome to the group Dana,,,My name is Rene, ur story sounds similiar to mine,My blog is headed its been one year and im back...if u want to read n check out my situation . my first lumbar surgery was in march of last year, it ended up being labeled as Failed Back Syndrome which basically left me in chronic pain, there is not one day since Jan of 2011 when symptoms started that i do not endure unbearable pain, only some days r tolerable n then i go w a week or more of it being untolerable again, Im a fish in a fishbowl going out is impossible, its a visious cycle, I too kept telling them theres something wrong n to plz do an MRI higher in spine.Finally, as an accident they found in cervical MRI that my spinal cord had a kinck in it due to a generative curvature of top of spine going in opposite direction, You would think they would hav listened to me since Im an orthopedic nurse for 12yrs.After my 2nd epidural injection the doc hit my spinal cord causing a small tear to cause spinal fluid leak,,,P.S I ended up in ER that night from the pain n after MRI of cervical area (they were checking for a hematoma and if fluid was collecting up towards my head and BINGO, they found cervical spondylosis,,5wks ago I had titanium rod, 4 screws spacer,plastic disc and side rods put in. Then 2wks ago this young twitt cuts me off on road and I end up rearending her. So now I dont know if the pain is from accident or is it still the lumbar,,All I know is Im ready to jump off a cliff,2 1/2 yrs of constant pain Im all worn out at 45 both physically n mentally. not to mention the toll it plays on the family. next tuesday im going to try another injection, ( diff. doc this time ) both new surgeon n pain mngmnt docs. I pray for all of us who r suffering w spinal pain bcause its worst than child birth. If it wasnt for my daughters who r preparing to get married within the next 2 yrs I dont know what I would hav done by now. All of this because a 465lb patient fell on top of me,,I devoted my life to care for others and now the tables hav turned..I miss my profession, but my shrink helped me get through that,,only fellow spine sufferers can understand what we mean by pain, which brings us to this support site,everyone is very kind and helpful w suggestions and support, so u deff came to the right place. Good luck on your road to recovery. I too will help w any ?s or deciphering of medical mumbo jumbo ( MRI reports). nice to meet u, will chat again soon, stay positive and hav a pain free night, :) RENE

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Hi Dana,

I am pretty new on here and am awaiting lumbar fusion on 3 levels, scheduled for Oct 23.

Gosh what a mess you have been through. Sounds to me like you should get a lawyer maybe. That first surgeon did a shi**y job!

Keep us posted on your progress and feel better.

Nice to meet you,
Trish

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Thanks Rene and Trish!

i am so at my wits end with all of this. I do want to find a lawyer, but don't know if it would do any good. Until I got to my Hero even pain management docs were saying that I was fused and nothing was wrong. I have no medical background but could look at MRI"S and tell other wise. I even had one radiologist say that there was no hardware present in my spine. My thought was what is this that I see not to mention feel? Today has been a tough day, a lot of bed time, and I am hating it. Don't get me wrong for the last year I have been in the same place, but for some reason, it is different this time. I go tomorrow for the bone graft stimulator and scared out of my mind. Just don't know what to do....

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Hi Dana, I went to my surgeon today for my first post op visit, he took xrays,n so far so good, except for the lumbar pain,I told u that still persists. But I did get an answer for you about the screws loosening,,he sayed periodically he has to go in if screws loosen which is normal, some people get lucky n they dont, he even sayed there will be times he has to replace a screw so he will b monitoring me n hardware a few times per year via repeat xrays n MRIs. I THINK bcause your wc surgeon didnt follow your case all these years is why you whent through that horrible experience. Your HERO sounds like your in good hands, so look towards the future now that you had everything corrected. feel better n keep up the positive attitude, forget the other quack,,youve been fixed just concentrate on future now. N keep in mind what my sugeon said about he will always b keeping an eye on me, make sure your hero does too. best wishes on your road to recovery,,RENE

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Hi Dana,
I'm so very sorry your 1st fusion went so bad. Best wishes for a brighter future. Hope everything gets better.
Norski girl

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Hi Dana,
Let us know how your post op visit goes!

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