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Re: PEDICAL SCREWS & BACK SURGERY

Re: PEDICAL SCREWS & BACK SURGERY

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Posted by teri reni on August 20, 2000 at 14:46:30:

In Reply to: Re: PEDICAL SCREWS & BACK SURGERY posted by Diana on August 05, 2000 at 21:36:32:

: : I would like to hear from anyone who has had pedical screws put in their back with back surgery. I had a 3 leval fusion with pedical screws put in my back and have had to have 4 other surgeries since, the last one being on Oct.1999 with the dr. going thru my stomach, it was a 10 hour surgery, and am still in constant pain. I need a support group or someone to talk to who knows what I'm going thru. Please respond ASAP.
: : Thanks,
: : Mary Spencer

: Dear Mary,
: I have had 2 spine surgeries. I also have pedicle screws. One of my screws broke after my first durgery and I needed the second surgery to repair the broken screw. They needed to go back in through my stomache as well. I wasn't able to walk very long. I have severe nerve damage and they thought I had cauda equina syndrome. I had the start of RSD in my foot. My back problems have very much affected my bladder, bowel and feet. In between my 2 back surgeries they operated on my hip and I still have alot of hip pain. I have good days and bad. I am able to walk longer now. Somedays I wish I never had my surgeries and other days I am thankful I had it. I have had 8 surgeries in 6 years. Not all back though. My last back surgery was 3 years ago. I live with my abilities and pain everyday. There are people and family you will come across who think you are faking or over exagerating. Those people won't realize it, unless it happens to them. You do need a support person. Depression comes from your inability to function and from pain. I don't work. I have just learned to survive through everything 1 day at a time. Give it time. You will go through ups and downs with the pain, the numbing and all that stuff that comes with spine problems. I started feeling little changes for the better after the 1 year mark. I wish you luck. Please know that there are people out there who are in the same shoes as you. I am one of them. Good luck.

Dear Mary,
I too have pedicle screws. I had l4-l5 lainectomy, total,L4-5 & L5-S1 diskecotomy, Vilateral L4-5, L5-S1 and S1 foraminotmonies, two level L4-3 and L5-S1 posterior lumbar interbody fusion, Posterolateral fusion with wiltse instrumentation, autologous bone graft from right ilium and bank iliac bone. It also was an over 10 hour surgery. All the doctor said to my family afterwards was, " at least I didn't loose her". He had said the surgery would only take 4 hours. No one bothered to tell my family anything during all that time. I lost 4500cc of blood during surgery and was hemorraging internally afterwards. I had to have several transfusions. I have had nothing but more pain since. That was back in Feb. 1991. I have seen several doctors over the years and have been told by a few that they would be more then willing to do surgery again. Some have been honest I feel and have told me there is nothing they can do as it was a failed surgery. I've been told it should have been at least three different surgeries instead of just one. I live on diludid, and nurotin now. I have been on one type or other of morphine for the last three years. It doesn't help much some days. I try to live a normal life, but it is hard. I try not to give into the pain, but there are days when I cann't get out of bed. I am now 43 years old, and have a beautiful grandchild, age three, that I can not pick up. He has to crawl up in my lap. It breaks my heart when I have to tell him that " Nana can not carry you". Was the surgery worth it? In my case no. I have so much numbness in my right foot, pain down both legs, mostly the right, no reflexes, burning, hip pain, pain at times so intenese in my lower back and now I also have another herinated disk higher up. Will I let them do surgery again, No. The depression plays a big part in the pain I know. I have been on prozac for several years and go for councleing. I attend a pain management clinic in Bakersfield Ca. I would appreciate any feedback or correspondence from any of you. I pray that God Blesses each and everyone. Teri Reni


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