IAmA 27 old male that had a rare tumor in my bone in my spine and lost 90% of my blood during surgery.
For months & months I had back pain, after countless visits finally had CT scan done. Jan2012 the Doctors found a tumor located in my spine. T12 Vertebrae to be exact. Its a rare tumor, known as Giant Cell Tumor of the Bone. Meaning it grew inside my bone.
I had a surgery Feb2012 through my back to remove the tumor. During the surgery I lost 90% of my blood during an 8-10 hour surgery. I didnt realize at the time because of all the drugs by my family was scared because they werent sure if i would make it. I didnt even know what was going on til about a day after the surgery. During hte surgery they place 2 rods, 8 screws and an expandable metal cage in my back. Scar is about 10inches. Because of the new blood, my blood flowing through my body wasn't active yet and had trouble walking/doing anything right away. Passed out during physical therapy. SHOUT OUT TO PT GIRLS. im a 6'5 270+ dude and they held their own with me. Thanks! Left hospital once i was able to finally walk... Stayed home for 2-3 months. went back to work.
August2012 pain started coming back, spent 2 weeks in the hospital constantly on Dexamethazone. the whole time all i could think about was they were giving me Meth, and i wanted to be Heisenberg. idk. I had a lot of time to imagine things lol.Eventually come to fine the tumor came back, bigger then it was. 8cm
December2012 had 2 more surgeries one through my back again and another through my ribs. Surgery went even better this time around and feeling better then ever. Except my ribs and side are still sore.
Recently had a CT Scan a few weeks back and everything is in the clear. For now. will need constant check ups in the future. Starting volleyball today so it will be the deciding factor on how "well" i actually am. My first activity I have been able to do in years. So excited.
Scars & Bruises http://imgur.com/a/kUJDV
Also. If anyone is interested, the problem for the future for me is it could develop in to Osteosarcoma, and unfortunately i lost an e-friend last year who was only 20 years young to osteosarcoma. Donate to prevent losing a friend of yours too young: http://www.curesarcoma.org/
Sidenote: Over the past 2 years i have been prescribed and given countless drugs and the thing that has benefited me the most has been the herb. no joke. Dilaudid pills are pretty sweet tho.
EDIT: Apologies if it doesnt sound legit, but its true. I just may be misinformed about why or how everything has happened. Jumped the gun and made this AMA without being prepared.
EDIT2: Added more pictures