Spine Surgery Destroyed My Life

Hi All, Doing some searches on Google and came across this site. I thought I would add my own 2 cents worth on back surgery. Don't do it ever. I was a linesman for BellSouth. I have a fantastic career, wonderful marriage and kids and it was all taken from me due to a botched surgery.

I hurt my back and was advised that fusion was the only option. I was fused from L3 to S1. I underwent three surgeries, one to correct a dura tear that almost killed me. I was never able to return to work, am now on Social Security disability. My wife at the time had enough I guess and decided to leave. In short, I lost everything.

The sad part now is that I am in as much or more pain than before fusion. I have to wear a Fentynal pain patch for the rest of my life, but still need to take daily doses of Vicodin just to control the pain.

I am lucky in that I found a wonderful woman who is able to look past the injury. I feel bad for her, however, as she has to watch me several times a month literally lay in bed crying because the pain is so bad. Really not sure what to do at this point. I am tired all of the time because of the medication and of course at 43 I am no longer working. I miss working so much I dream about it.

Anyways, I was hoping to hear from someone that is experiencing after surgical pain and if there is anything except more drugs that has helped. I have finally convinced my GP to send me to a pain clinic in hopes that cortisone shots will help. Has anyone had them?

I will close from here, but I have to say that I feel for each and every one of you. I was untouchable and didn't think I could ever get hurt. I guess I was wrong. - Marc



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