I believe the post states they want to fuse the rest of the lumbar. Patient is currently fused from L4-S1. So that would be L1 anchored to the existing fusion. Perhaps T12. They seem to like to use T12 as an anchor. It's a thick bone that can take some big screws.
Years ago my doc put me on Opana ER http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-144617-Opana ER oral.aspx?drugid=144617&drugname=Opana ER oral&source=1
It's just Oxymorphone extended release. It worked, but no better than Norco or MS Contin. Opana was new. I checked with pharmacy and it was over $800 a bottle! Even though I had insurance it was still a waste of money so I had him switch me back to genetics that were less than $12 a month.View Thread
I agree with Joy, physiatrist don't just deal with pain, more importantly they may find the underlying issue. You sound very bright for 14. It's a shame this is causing you to miss school.
Research physiatrist and you will see all that they must know. Their knowledge is vast, your problem needs attention. At your age each day you lose to pain is a travesty.
Being smart like you are you've already learned to take matters in your own hands and reach out as you have here. This is a great thing and you impress me more than many adults I know.
When you study physiatrist I think you'll learn why one would be a great resource for you. Learning this yourself will embed the knowledge in your head allowing you to explain it to your parents or guardian.
The good thing about waiting is you can always change your mind. Being that the chances of pain mitigation reduce drastically each time you have spine surgery, I think waiting to get to know the doctor better and allow her to gather more data on you is a wise choice.
As long as you can maintain your quality of life in the meantime.
Sorry about hubby, I know how that kind of BS can wear you down. It's hard enough to deal with health problems and I understand that it's stressful on my spouse, but what part of team means we should fight?
I hate fighting, I love to discuss stuff, I love facts, I love being proven wrong for if I'm always right life is boring.
Nobody can diagnose you online. It sounds like at least one doctor can't even diagnose you in person.
I think most of us would agree that a good place to start would be a physiatrist. A physiatrist is a doctor of physical medicine. Among many other things they specialize in treating musculoskeletal problems including low back pain and fibromyalgia. I don't know what type of doctor you're seeing, but it's not uncommon for a doctor that is not trained to deal with spine problems to misdiagnose or dismiss your symptoms. Physiatrists look at your complete body to assess your health and find a strategy for treatment or rehabilitation. Physiatrists typically are not surgeons so they look for non surgical solutions if they are available. They specialize in rehabilitation, but If need be they will refer you to the appropriate type of treatment or surgeon.
I have a good friend that is a physiatrist and in my opinion they are one of the most under utilized resources out there. Second only to psychologists for chronic pain syndromes.
By definition you have chronic pain as it has existed longer than 3 months, but it sounds like it only bothers you when you lay down so It seems to be a symptom of what may be a skeletal (alignment) or soft tissue issue...which leaves a few million unanswered questions.
It's important you find answers as problems like this at your age can haunt you your entire life.
The best place to find a physiatrist is to start with orthopedic offices or clinics. The ones I know partner with orthopedic surgeons.
I have a daughter 19 so this hits home with me. She had some similar complaints and we took her to our physiatrist. So I do practice what I preach. Hers turned out completely unrelated...I think. It's at least calmed down.
The outcome of such a procedure can have great variations depending on your health, your underlying skeletal and disc condition and your recovery.
Before proceeding I suggest you talk to more than one doctor. If you're seeing an orthopedic than the opinion of a neurosurgeon would valuable. If you're already seeing a neuro than the reverse order works.
If you can, seek out people that have been through such procedures...although privacy laws make that difficult.
You really need to spend time with doctors that will explain the answers to your questions. Thanks to our insurance companies this is also difficult, but before any doctor is going to cut me open he better have time to explain "why?" to me.
I do have a friend that had L1-S1 fused. Unfortunately his surgery was only 25 days ago so he has no history of value yet. I also know two people with 3-4 lumbar discs fused. They have done quite well, but it sounds like that's where you're at now.
Get all the info you can from your doctor(s) and if you're not comfortable with his answers get another opinion. As I stated above, before you allow anyone to cut into your spine you should have at least a second doctor that agrees and you're comfortable with the plan.
Uh umm...riding a bike?
Running creates impact. It's hard on the knees and spine. If you have significant spine problems running may become something you used to do.
For example if you have a herniated disc at T12/L1, running will continue to pound the nucleus pulposus out through the tear in the disc annulus until you are hitting the two discs bone on bone and perhaps impinging or even severing the nerves exiting that level?
Not something I would take casual advice from the internet for. You may work through it or you may put yourself in a wheel chair? We can't tell.