Health knowledge made personal
Height: 5’ 7”
I am going to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a nurse (not working), who has developed this chronic pain due to Failed Fusion Syndrome. I originally had problems back in the summer of 2009, because of a herniated disc, after therapy, traction etc. I opted to have a microdisectomy. That was great until I was in my 2nd yr. of nursing school when I picked up a turkey (no not a heavy one 11lbs.) and ruptured my disc in my back. I had my first fusion then. That was great! Finished nursing school, with 3 children mind you. Then 6 months later I slipped on ice in the parking lot at work, bent the hardware, shot a screw into my disc space and herniated the disc above that. So I had another fusion (L4- S1). Then about a year and a half later I started with this nagging pain in my lower back , and pain down my left leg. Then started the "gnomes" and tingling, like when your foot wakes up from a dead sleep! So come to find out, the fusion never fused and had to be done again, but anteriorly (from the stomach side). Great, pain got worse and now have "Failed Fusion Syndrome". So after attempts with multiple types of injections, which failed I am going to be getting the SNS (spinal neurostimulator). Not sure when, that remains to be seen........