Friday 5/30 Back in the Hospital
Saturday, May 31, 2014
I had an 8:30 appointment with my surgeon today. My time started out with one of his nurses and then with his resident. She was pretty alarmed about the lack of strength in my right foot and leg and she also had me go out into the hallway to walk. I saw Dr. M there talking to a group of med students and I didn't realize he was watching me. He came into the room and started by telling me that the CT Scan I had at our local hospital was poor quality and the report was entirely inaccurate. The doctor wrote that I had a pair of fractured vertebrae when it was really the spacer that Dr. M placed in my spine to straighten me out.
He was very concerned with the problems with my leg and the obvious deterioration taking place, so he ordered another CT scan with sedation. They still couldn't get me in a lying down position, but I was still and they got the pictures. It wasn't enough information. Dr. M believes that I have a nerve problem. It could either be an impingement on an arthritic bone or it could be an awful slipping of one of my vertebrae that he worked on that is pinching the nerve.
He ordered a test this afternoon and told me that he didn't want to do a test and send me home and keep stirring things up. He plans to operate on my back on Tuesday, so we are getting all of these tests in between today and Monday. Today, I went to x-ray where they used a fluoroscope to insert some dye , lidocaine, and cortisone into that big nerve root he was worried about. The hope was that it was going to relieve the pain in my right leg--it calmed a bit of it, but I am fretting not enough. They admitted me and put me on a PCA pump and under observation for falling.
The other big test I can't have until Monday because I have to be off of Savella for two days so it doesn't react with the dye will be for them to inject dye into my spine to get a better picture of it. These two tests, along with labwork to rule out infections and the like will let Dr. M know if I need to have a more minor surgery where they clean up around the nerve root and remove bony spurs and other arthritic litter or a bigger surgery where he will have to disassemble the hardware and find the place where things have come apart and reassemble everything.
I am definitely on edge. I cannot lie down and I need pain meds to move my right leg that is really pain from my back.
Things are once again complicated in my orthopedic life, but I will get better. It is nice that they are listening to me. I couldn't lie on my tummy for the test today because everything I tried to pull my right leg onto the table, the pains started up again. They put me on a table that I could stand on and lowered me until I felt pain and did it that way. I was so relieved because they need this information and I hated to be unable to cooperate.
Anyway, I'm back in the hospital--and am praying again for a good outcome.