SpineUniverse Community Advice
Get help and share your story with others who know what you're going through.
Please register or log in to join the discussions!

Lumbar Back

Started by kevy on 12/07/2016 11:55am

Heavy equipment mechanic for 25yrs. Popped 2 disks at L3-4 in'84 worked 10yrs. with them. by1994 i had 2 protrusions 1 @ 9mm the other @ 8mm. Had them taken care of then. back to work in 3 months. About 1yr later started to have rt leg tingling. My fault for not paying attention to this problem. By 2000 my lower back was in such a mess form working. Always the type of guy that is ocd type A person. Once you started a job you finished the job NO matter what it took. Didn't matter if it was a crane, track machine, aerial lift always got the job done. BY 200 i had 5 herniated discs. the said a 2 level fusion was the best way too stabilize my back. The BIGGEST MISTAKE i have ever made. The first fusion went well. Off pain meds quickly. Fentynal, Oxies, Morphine the usual stuff. The problems really started after breaking 4 screws. Titanium is hard, but won't bend just snap clean. So after trying to get a spinal stimulator for 4 yrs that the Ohio bwc denied. I walked away cold turkey from taking 60mg of methadone a day. stepped down to 20mg a day then nothing. That was in March of '16. After 5 months i stared feeling better. now In Dec. my mind is sharper i can think and my BODY can finally tell me what's wrong.
After 4 ER visits and 3 hospital stays for blood psi so high because my doctor wouldn't let me out of his office unless i went right to the hospital. This is what happens when your pain management doctor DOESN'T have a CLUE on have to detox a person after they write 6yrs. of methadone scrips and you see only once every three months. MY FAULT!!! NEVER again!.
After going through another mylogram 2 moths ago i find out that L1 disc is gone between L2. T11 &T12 have fused together over the yrs of being a prescription drug addict and no taking a PROACTIVE roll in my care. NEVER AGAIN. The Doctor can fix my back with 8 new screws cut the vertebra part realign everything and button me up. 16hrs on the table and a year to recover. This is good until the word BUT, then you are told you have Lumbar Spinal Arachnoiditis. That" that back can't be fixed and will have a progressive disease in 1 of the membranes around the spinal cord and brain. No cure Just as time goes on more pain and disability. Spinal Stimulator, Meds or what?
I apologize for barring the soul but , I'm so angry with myself. To let this happen. I have lost everything over this. Except my ROCK my daughter. Single dad for 6yrs. she graduated with Honors common sense and a great outlook on life.
I hope people will read this and take heed that you ALWAYS need to be pro-active in your care. Try not let the same things happen to you. Eat moderately everything healthy, you are what you eat. I tell you this because i went through all this being a insulin diabetic for 30 yrs.
Good luck to everybody and try to look at the glass as half full than empty. Their is always HOPE!!!

Best Responses
There are no responses to this discussion.
Do you find this discussion helpful?