looking for help for a 47yr old who had a spinal fusion in 1972
Hello, My brother was in a motorcycle/car accident in 1972. It was extremely
serious- a broken back with spinal cord involvement. They repaired him as
best as they could with the technologly available at the time, but mainly they
were just trying to save his life.
Over the years, he has been treated with PT, medication and another surgery
in the mid 1990's. Here is the problem now: Because of the strain on his
disks above and below the fusion site, he now has a herniated L2. This happened in May, 2003. This has been treated with steriod injections (every 3 months or so) with less and less relief. He also gets steriod injections at another site for sciatica, which is caused by (as I understand it) the nerve bundle at the base of his spine being pinched, crowded, etc by scar tissue from the original surgery. He has been having the injections for this problem for the
past 2 years.
He is also on HEAVY medications, enough to kill a horse as the saying goes.
We are at the end of our collective ropes. He has to take SO much medication
just to stop from screaming (the pain does not (rarely anyway)
go away, he can tolerate it), that he is goofy, disoriented, just drugged out.
This is affecting his quality of life, especially this last year in that he has spent
more time in bed than out.
We cannot find ANYONE that after looking at his films and reading the medical
records that will touch him for any kind of repair to this disk because of the
We are desparately looking for someone anywhere with the knowledge,
skills and boldness to help him.
Please and thank you in advance for any help on this