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How much pain is normal after spondy surgery?

Started by SunshineSmiles on 07/26/2010 4:30am

I am a 15 year old girl and I had a spine fusion with hardware almost 2 years ago due to grade 3 spondylolisthesis. I don't remember much about it because I was only in 7th grade so I mostly just let my parents decide everything because my dad is a doctor. I do remember that the pain/tingling/numbness in my legs had become severe and it had become quite a task to stand for more than 5 minutes so surgery was the only option. I also had a surgery close to a year later because of severe tendenitus in my legs probably caused by the spondy and I have scoliosis if that makes any difference. Anyways I was wondering how much pain is normal 2 years after my surgery? For the past couple weeks I've been trying to see how often I have back pain and it is mild but it is everyday and on somedays it hurts quite a bit from everyday activities like sweeping or doing laundry. Should I ask my doctor for anti-inflamitory pills or pain killers? Is it bad that I still have pain?

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Sweetie, there is no 'normal' when it comes to pain. Everyone is different. I would suggest you try anti-inflammatory pills first. Pain meds are addicting and often delay healing. However, if you feel the pain warrants it, by all means tell your doctor. NO ONE needs to suffer in this day and age. I see a pain management doctor for my pain and suggest you ask your surgeon to refer you to one.
I would also suggest Lidoderm patches as they numb the area for 12 hours. You are supposed to wear 12 hours on and 12 hours off. But I had my pharmacist speak to a pain doctor friend who deals with patients on 12 oxycontins a day. Some SERIOUS pain. It is perfectly fine to wear longer than 12 hours. Voltaran is a good anti inflammatory as it has no steroids. I am adamant I will not take steroids. The drug company Endo Pharmaceuticals also makes a Voltaran gel that you might like better.

And no, it is not 'bad' you have pain, but your body is trying to tell you something and if you have not seen a doctor since your surgery, I would strongly urge you to do so, to ensure fusion is intact.
Good luck and keep us posted!

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