[COLOR="Navy"]Well, I didn't have the discogram because there was no question from the MRIs that I needed this done. I did have the emg done. Once was enough of that also. I am glad that I taught LaMaze because the breathing came in real handy when he was zapping me with the current. It was the emg that pushed me over the edge and caused the surgery to be scheduled. Mu surgeon had said that if there was no long term nerve damage he would buy me more time. When I had it done we found that there was long term damage in my good leg and damage starting in my bad leg. I had no options but to schedule the surgery at that point.
I am an anomoly. My 3 level fusion went well. The problem started when they went to get me out of bed the day after the surgery. As they were getting up I fell an explosion, like a paper bag popping. I told them to stop that something was wrong. The nurses and PTs informed me that everyone feels that way and not to worry...i had gained back two inches in height and would need to stretch. Un huh. They got me up for a week,twice a day, with a pain level of 14 on their scale of 1-10..and I have a HIGH pain threshold. My left leg was dragging and I had little feeling in it. My surgeon was out of town at a conference. When he got back he listened to me, had an exray taken. Good news/bad news. Good news was I was justified all the pain I was having. Bad news was my back was broken and I required more surgery.
They took me down that afternoon. Another 5.5 hours later. They took out the hardware they had put in, clean out the broken bone, inserted 2 15" titanium rods and 20 of the biggest screws they make. Sewed me back up. Sent me to a nursing home for a month to have intense physical therapy. I asked for the pediatric wing as I was the youngest one there by 30 years.
The day they discharged me from the nursing home they found that I had a blood clot from my calf to my groin. Throwing clots into both lungs. Spent another week in the hospital for that. Met my new best friend..katherine, katherine Heparin (sorry
Left home 16 Feb. 05 returned home 8 April 05...and no one had dusted...
That's the short version.
I am currently with a PM doctor. Saw my surgeon this past Tuesday for my 2 year check. Will have another 2 years of PT (have had 2 already) and will have some level of pain the rest of my life...I'm working through this part. It will take a few days to accept.
That being said, where are you doctoring? What is your prognosis.
My husband said that so many people kept saying that I was an anomoly that he was going to change my name to Ann Nomoly.