I am sorry to hear your father is having these problems.
Be careful to not jump to conclusions as the doctors have said pathology has not been able to identify this fluid...your brothers visual diagnosis may or may no be correct.
That said, spinal fluid leaks are not uncommon after spine surgery. They can cause tremendous headaches if left untreated. The other thing I wouldn't worry too much about is that you said the surgery lasted several hours longer than originally projected, that is also not uncommon.
If this drainage does not slow down, you might ask the doctor what the diagnostic options are.
Maybe some other members will check in with some other ideas.
Please keep us updated as to your fathers condition.View Thread
I had the appt today. My toes are always completely numb and I can bend all but the biggie on my right foot. Right leg and foot is where I had most of the nerve damage.Strange part is I had been able to bend the toe until a couple of weeks ago!
So now they are trying to figure out why I am so anemic...might have something to do with buying ibuprofen by the pound...then we will worry more about the toe. I don't have an appt yet. I have to see a gastro doc first.
I don't hear from anyone by email, it has mostly been by the boards....
Hope all is going well with you, I don't take enough time to read and follow everyone's story right now.
Thanks for asking, sounds like the 4th in your neighborhood is quite the event! We don't do much for the 4th as it is sooo hot out this time of year and the monsoons are moving in. It is humid and generally after midnight before the temps drop below 100. We can see the local fireworks from our yard so a lawn chair and cold beverage helps and we don't have to deal with the crowds.
Other than that just plugging along putting one foot in front of the other.
I am so sorry to hear of your frustration, I know when you mix pain and frustration neither gets better any faster.
I might be inclined to check out the new doc as this one, while he may be very skilled seems to be lacking some basic consideration.
I know at one point I had a toe to toe, in your face interaction with my surgeon as he did not seem to respect me, my time or the pain I was in. After that, our relationship changed and he seemed to be more on my side. Every relationship/situation is a little different. I hope whatever you do it works out for the best and you can get some relief.