Gina - did you have a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic doctor? You cannot change the hands of time, but neuros go to school three years longer than orthos and know the central nervous system backwards and forwards.
You got a lot of good input and advice here, but I'd be feeling overwhelmed by a lot of it. A malpractice case against your surgeon is certainly something I would pursue. This is absolutely horrible.
I had a laminectomy and fusion of L4-5, three and one half years ago. My surgeon saw me three times in one year, with xrays in hand from a radiology center, to be sure my fusion was going as it should be. It was fine, but now i have a herniated disc at L3, and we are avoiding surgery unless it is inevitable. This same neurosurgeon did fusion of C4-7 on my neck nine months ago. I saw him every other month for eight months, xray in hand, to be sure fusion was taking place. It did!
I researched a lot of neuros before i settled on the one i have here in Vegas where I live. I have pain in my lower back because of the herniated disc and tried three sessions of shots under sedation; none worked. The pain mgmt doc who did the shots said I needed P.T. Because of my stenosis/acute degenerative disc disease, the neuro said "no way. One wrong move and you will be on the operating table, and that's not where I want you to be."
The neuro has now suggested riding a recumbent stationary bike and walking in the water. Both are supposed to be wonderful for our conditions. I will be starting both today. I hate exercise, but more than that, I hate taking meds beyond Tylenol. Gabapentin (Neurontin) helps with nerve pain, but I limit it to 300 mg at bedtime. Many take 300 mg three times a day. I had to do that after my neck surgery for many months as my nerves were settling down from the shock of the operation. Recovery is never quick,nor is it easy.
i pray that some of these suggestions are helpful. Please understand I am not the kind of person who believes in suing others, but in your case, I'd be looking for a good attorney who would work with you on a contingency basis.
My heart truly goes out to you and all the others who have posted their 'horror stories' here. MicheleView Thread
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