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Re: Back Surgery #3
Oct 17, 2003
Well, I haven't been on here for a couple of days as it was too hard to sit at the computer.
It is now 1:00 AM. I went to bed at 8:30 PM last night and have not had 5 minutes sleep yet.
I have so far taken 4 sleeping pills, a pain killer and a half hour jacuzzi at 12:30 in the morning and all I can do is whimper and whine for the pain to stop.
I went to see my GP yesterday afternoon. He agreed with the spinal surgeon that I need to totally get off the meds, starting now. Because I have already had two back surgeries and there is already a great amount of scar tissue, it will be a lot more complicated operation than normal and it will be a lot easier for them to treat me for the pain after the surgery if my system is clear of the drugs.
I asked my GP about the different options for surgery as I had talked to others about getting bone for the fusion from the Bone Bank. He said, What is that? He has never heard of a Bone Bank before. But then, he is a GP and not a surgeon, so I guess he can be excused for that one. As you can probably tell, we live in the Dark Ages in Canada and are well behind the US in terms of options for surgery techniques.
My next step was to phone the receptionist this afternoon of the Spinal Surgeon and pose the same question to her. She also told me that because I had already had two back operations already and there was a lot of scar tissue present which made for a more complicated operation, the doctor preferred not to use bone from the Bone Bank that we have available in Toronto.
She advised me that, yes, the surgery is going to be much more invasive and I will indeed experience much more pain from where they remove the bone from my hip than from the spinal fusion itself, but they wanted to make sure that I had the best chances of success, which meant using my own bone.
I don't know how I am going to last another 3 1/2 weeks until surgery as the pain in my foot is totally unbearable when I walk on it.
I am using crutches to get around outside and a wheelchair at the office, but when I do have to walk at all, it feels like my toes are being ripped away from my foot.
I haven't slept in days, I have had an upset stomach for days and my nerves are totally shot. My GP says it is because of withdrawals from the drugs, but it is better to go through it now to get them out of my system. Otherwise, they would have to use massive doses of pain killers after the surgery to keep the pain under control.
I am not a very happy camper at the moment, but I feel that if I go against what my doctor orders and then anything goes wrong, he will then come back and put the blame on me because I didn't follow his orders.
Well, I have to go and try to get some sleep. I have to be up at 5:00 AM to go to work.
Thanks for all the comments received. Too bad that the doctors here seem to be so far behind what other countries are doing.
By the way, I just passed my one year anniversary on crutches this past weekend. My surgery date on November 12th is exactly 13 months from the day that I first went in to Emergency at the hospital here and the idiot doctor on duty in the middle of the night sent me home with some Advil.

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