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Hi everyone! my name is Kim! I've had 3 back surgeries so far this year and ever since the first one in January I've had absolutely no control over my bowels or my bladder, everything in my genital area is completely numb!!! I have to self catheterize myself every 4 hours and I have to digitally remove my bowel movements! The surgeon who did my first 2 surgeries kept telling me that it would just take time to regain feeling and have control again! Most of the nurses, physical therapists, and other doctors told me that I should have had feeling back within 72 hours of my surgery! This surgery was supposed to be a 2-4 day stay in the hospital and at least 3-4 months of not being able to left anything over 5-10 pounds! I ended up have 2 surgeries within the first week because when the surgeon did the first surgery he pinched the main nerve going down through my left leg into the fixture and I was unable to even get out of bed!!! He waited a week before he decided to go back in and move one of the screws! That still did not fix the inability to go to the bathroom on my own! I was in the hospital for about 2 weeks and spent another week in a rehab facility! I also have constant pain, tingling, and numbness in both of my feet and legs! I ended up getting a second opinion and he order several tests to be done. I had a CT scan with a mylogram (fun, fun), an NCV, and an EMG done on my legs. The CT scan showed that I had cauda equina! So I ended up having a 3rd surgery in May. Nothing has changed since the 3rd surgery, my surgeon is afraid that the nerve sack at the base of my spine was pinched off for too long and that the nerves may never regenerate and chances are I'm going to be like this for the rest of my life!!! I'm only 44 years old and I should not being going through this kind of crap!!! I'm unable to have sex because I have no feeling, I wake up almost every morning soak and wet because I peed myself, and I'm afraid to go places for fear of soiling myself!!! It's extremely embarrassing and degrading!!! I'm extremely depressed and have major anxiety attacks! I'm also unable to work because my second surgeon classified me as disabled!!! I get constant UTI's, I can't stand and walk around for too long because my back starts hurting and my legs start to get weak and wobbly, and I can't sit for long periods of time because my feet start to swell and start tingling and hurting really bad!!! Does anyone by any chance have some useful advice??? Thank you so much for taking the time to read my statement!!!
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