Hello everyone. I hope someone can off er me some reassuramce. After many,many years of DDD and ever increasing back pain, I have been scheduled for TLIF at L5 S1. I have tried PT, excersise, hanging upside down and even the shots in the back, but the stenosis at that spot is past anything tha will be lasting results. Neoro tells me tha the A..Holes at NY Spine and Wellness should never had given me the cortisone shots since that was never going to help me anyway. The shots resulted in Spinal Fluid leak that has left me with daily headaches that will only stay away if I take steriod medication...FOR EVER.
I am apprehensive about the surgery but know it is the only remedy atthis point. The recovery period of inactivity is one thing, but the knowledge that I will have all that hardware in my back for ever is really freeking me out. Can the screws and rods be felt back there, either by the stiffness or restriction of motion? Can you feel the hardware with your hand over the skin? Is your motion restricted after the surgery..long term? Can you ever sleep on your back again? Anyone had success with the body fatigue going away. Currently fighting the pain all day during my daily life leaves me exhausted and at times flat on my back with my breathing and heart rate elevated.
Worse decision of my life. 5 months after surgery and I still cant sit long enough to even attempt to go back to work. AETNA pulls every trick in the book to stop paying my STD,demanding documents from doctors on a moments notice or when they know I dont even have any appointments. They just stop sending benefits whenever they see fit,no questions asked. Surgeon's after care is horrible,has never laid a hand on me since my surgery or even peaked at my incision, yet notes on my file how he performed a number of hands on physical strength,nerve reaction and sensitvity test he has performed. Physiatrist I saw for some help in recovering wanted to inject my SI joint on the spot. Everyday is pain. Especially the moment I lay down and relax all my back muscles.View Thread
Anyone have any experience with a CSF Leak that was caused by Cortisone injections, going away after TFLIF surgery. I had a leak that was treated with blood patch that worked for a bit but they came back. I have to take amitrypoline twice a day everyday to keep them at bay. I am told that I will have to take this steriod forever. Occasionaly I try to see what will happen if I stop taking the steriod or only take one tablet....but the headaches come back. I have to have the TLIF surgery on Nov30 and have hope that this surgery will trigger a response in the nerve syste that will stop the headaches. Can anyone shine a light of hope here?View Thread
Thanks for the replies. The surgery is scheduled for Nov 30th. They will install two rods and four screws. I just wish there was some other remedy. Yesterday I helped our youth basketball league run a draft for the upcoming season from 8 am to 1:00 pm. The time spent on my feet was torturous. I tried to sit as much as possible and rest often, but at about noon, fighting the pain all morning finally took its toll like a bolt of lightning, zapping all my energy. I was flat on my back for the rest of the day and night. I am on a waiting list incase someone cancels so I hope I can get in earlier. I just want to be on the road to recovery...finally.View Thread