Hello to all my British friends
I'm writing from across the pond. I had an unfortunate outcome with my back surgery that I had 8 months ago. I have been suffering chronic foot and left thigh, calf burning pain ever since. I didn't have this pain prior to surgery. I have deduced the either my surgery was not necessary, or wrong surgical approach or the surgeon made a mistake. Of course I wish I would heal from it and get on with my life. I'm only 48 years male. Was very active and healthy beforehand, and handsome according to many ladies (and men) around my age. My point is that I'm miserable in pain and very concerned about my future and that of my family and friends. I'm in pain management with lyrica 300 mg per day and oxycodone 15 mg 3x per day being the main meds to try to help relieve me. I had a rather odd issue. I had a large disc bulge at T12 L1 and advanced canal stenosis at L2 L3. So my orthopedic surgeon did a T12-L1 posterior laminectomy disectomy with interbody fusion and instrumentation and a L2-L3 hemi laminectomy on the left side. I think the T12-L1 level is what got messed up as the S1 and S2 nerve roots connect near there and the pain I have which is burning pain is along those dermatomes.
So I have been researching and most surgeries done at that level come from the front (anterior) or side (contro) approach I suppose to avoid compromising the neural elements. My surgeon claims the approach was appropriate and that he did NOT hit or retract the spinal cord. Of course how do I know other than I have neuropathic pain now. So I'm pretty much done with him other than filing a complaint with the health department and possible legal action. I can walk on my own but her pain is constant and miserable.
I will be seeing a top University level neurosurgeon in the Philadelphia area to get another post op evaluation and possibly more Imaging such as a ct myelogram which I never had and may need due to the metal in my back now. It has not been advised I have further surgery as I have been told that area is fraught with complications. None the less if it is advised I may go with it if I can be assured it would help. There may be further compression of my cord or nerves that the original surgery caused. Or there may be nerve damage that surgery would not be able to address. I also still hope I can get better in time but I'm losing hope for that prospect given its been over 8 months.
So that leaves neuromodulation. I've been told and read some good things about these devices. Has anyone got experience with the Nevro hf10 unit? It's relatively new in the USA and I read good things about its ability to help mask nerve pain in the legs and even the feet. Any other opinions or advice on my situation would be appreciated. Thanks to all. I never thought I would be suffering like this. I admit it's very sad and im frankly very scared. I cry at times thinking about my situation. But everyone tells me to focus on the solution and not the problem.
Thank you all
And good luck too