Hello, I am new here, and have not really worked with "threads" before, so please indulge me, while I get used to it.
I had a "freak car accident" where my own car ran over me, and burst my vertabrae at L-1.
This was in August of 2006. I had emergency surgery, by a neuro-surgeon.
He inserted 2 rods and 8 pedicle screws into my back, and I was shocked when I awoke a day later to learn of this. I was certainly NOT ready to stop working, as I had always worked, most of the time, two jobs at once.
This was a life changing experience for me, of course. I did not have insurance at the time, and the surgeon himself, told me he was going to "write off" my bill. I assume the hospital did the same, as I was never billed.
I went home in a cumberson "brace" and only had the help of my 22 yr old son, who had to come from out of state to be with me at home for the first 2 weeks. I had come here to be a care-giver for my ex mother in law.
So, I have no family here at all. I am still here, due to my limited mobity issues. The surgeon told me that he expected a "full recovery" and would not accept the fact that I told him I could not stand on concrete, for 8-9 hours a day to return to work. He informed me, that he did not "do disability". I did not want to go on disability, but had no choice.
After my surgery, the surgeon did not order any kind of physical therapy at all. I am assuming it was because he knew I did not have Ins. and would not be able to afford it.
So, I was left on my own at home, with the brace on, and a walker to help me get around. God Bless the Ladies of a local church, that heard about my situation, and they took turns coming over every other day, to help me out.
13 months later, I took a flight to visit a friend in TX. a short trip, but could not drive that far, from where I am in Alabama.
I was the passenger in the car of the freind I went to see, and was involved in a rollover accident, where I took a pretty hard hit on the head, as we ended up upside down. I believe that was enough pressure to have broken one of the 8 pedicle screws in my back. Of course, because I had "existing condition" his Ins. Co. would not give me anything.
When I returned home, had an X-ray done to verify the break of the screw, mid shaft, in bone.
I went to see the surgeon that had done the work. He said there was nothing to worry about, it probably would not "migrate" and also told me that I would most likely have the hardware in my back for the rest of my life.
Of course I did not know any better, and did not know that it was indeed possible to remove it, after everything was fully healed, (correctly).
I have had "limited mobility issues" since the surgery. I can not stand in one place very long, as it feels as though a knot is forming in my back, and I have to sit down to relieve the pain. When I walk, I walk somewhat "bent over" (giving way to the pain) and I believe, the atrophy that set up in the muscles of my back, due to no P.T. I was so depressed, I just "layed around" for the first couple of years.
I attempted physical therapy 18 months ago, to no avail. It was too late. I have been to see 2-3 other surgeons and they all tell me the same thing. That my fusion did NOT heal correctly, which is why my walking is challenged, and I still have the pain.
Now, a few days ago, I noticed something very strange when I reached around to scratch an itch on the lower back, right above my buttocks. Right above the left buttocks, the spine, or I guess I should say "bone" feels as though it is right to the left of the buttocks. Not in the center of my back. I dont know if this is my spine, or what.?? I am going in 2 days for an X-ray to try and find out.
I am wondering if it is possible that my spine has somehow, shifted either because of the rods, or the incorrect healing to begin with? And being as the surgeon writing off my bill, could I hold him liable this far out, for my spine not healing correctly, when he told me in fact that it did. And I do have that in writing. I am certainly NOT looking forward to another back surgery. But at the same time, do not want to lose any more mobility than I already have.
Does anyone have any advise for me? I am tired of living on pain pills, and walking around like a cripple if I do not have to.
Thank you for any comments,