i have had chronic pain for 6 years steming from slipped disc nerve damage spondylosis with degenerative disc desease of the lumbar spine , facet osteoarthiritis,several disc bulges,anterolisthesis,nueral forminal stenosis,facet joint arthrosis just to name some
I had 2 back surgery's 6/2010 1st laminectomy & decompression of my L3-S1 my 2nd i had sepsis and had irrigation and debridement
I went for my 1 year follow up because im still in severe very debilitating chronic pain i still have bladder incontinence , i have no feeling in my entire right leg
I still have sharp shooting leg pains my buttocks always throbs and feels like its on fire my back hurts always and it still swells every night my hips and pelvic area hurts also pains shoots from my back down my buttocks and legs to my toes and i have no quality of life being that im only 18 YEARS OLD
my surgeon said that i needed a spinal fusion but he wont do it because im too young but i don't know what else is there other than surgery my laminectomy didn't help i take meds that don't help im just at the End of the road and i don't know what to do PLEASE HELP i need suggestions
You need to find another surgeon. Call around and find one that doesn;t have an issue with age. Then get into see him. You are in Druham, correct? There are teaching hospitals there. They shoyuld be more open minded that others.
I know people your age who have had spinal fusions. It's not okay for this doctor to leave you in severe pain and use your age as an excuse. Some doctors don't like to do surgeries on young patients while others don't care how old you are, they care about relieving your pain and restoring your functionality. It could also be that your surgeon isn't comfortable with doing another surgery on you due to the infection you developed.
As ibake&pray said, get yourself appointments with 2-3 other doctors for second opinions. You will likely need the spinal fusion or some other spine surgery to relieve your pain and get you back into life. Just make sure you are working with a doctor who is compassionate and looking out for your best interests. Ask a bunch of questions when you see these doctors. Stand up for yourself and be assertive about getting the care you need and deserve.
I just wanted to say that I agree with the other 2 posters; getting a couple more opinions is essential. I would urge you to be sure that the doctors you see are either neurosurgeons and/or orthopedic spine specialists. One of each would be ideal as they many times approach the same problems from different perspectives.
You are not too young for surgery....once nerve involvement takes place to the point of severe pain, numbness, etc., then surgery is indicated no matter the age of the patient. Otherwise that nerve damage can become permanent and this is not something you want to live with forever.
Please stay in touch with us and let us know how things are coming along.
Lumbar surgery x 7 over the last 30 years.
cervical fusion...2 levels
medtronic pain pump implanted
Last surgery Oct, 2010, 3 levels
Although I agree with the other posters please get other opinions. Once the lumbar spine is fused (that is where you bend from) the levels adjacent can start to degenerate because of the added stress. Younger people have a much longer time for these levels to be under stress thus a greater chance of having to have another fusion down the road for the adjacent levels. The domino effect happening at 18 vs 40 has serious implications at a much younger age. Hope I explained some of the reasoning behind delaying a fusion in the lower lumbar. It is not the same as multiple level fusions performed on young people at higher levels of the spine. That being said do get another opinion.