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Post surgical pain and new problems

Started by fundoddy on 12/17/2010 7:19pm

I had surgery from L-5 and S1, 3 months ago a laminectomy and forinotomy and have the same problems and new problems such as left lower lumbar pain and thigh pain and knee pain in the right which is new.

Seems like failed back surgery to me. Has anybody had a similar problem? i am truly upset over this whole surgery

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I had cervical disc replacement three years ago that never worked and have found a surgeon who says he can fix it and the discs above and below as they have now deteiorated to the point that I again have constant pain in the neck.
I had laminectony approximately three months ago L3-4 and L4-5. There was additional work done, removing bone spurs and scraping off arthric bone in the area. The surgeon has told me 6-18 months for total recovery. I was just in the office last week, because I was experiencing symptoms much like I had before the surgery. Pain across my entier lower back, in my hips and legs, etc.
This despite regligious adherence to physical therapy, taking off work so I do not stress it (try applying or social security disability) that will really make your body hurt. The doctor put me on a quick pack ( five days) of steroid treatment to reduce inflammation. That has already helped but is really just a quick burst to see if it will last. That I don't know yet. I am stuck relying on pain meds again that I was trying to get rid of. But they tell me more time is needed. And if you had that many levels done I'm surprised why your docs wouldn't expect a longer recovery period also.

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i just had my second cervical surgury first one the srews cracked on dec 1 2010 i had 2nd now i cant move my left arm its in constant pain. my back of neck hurts and whole top of back i get masive headaches.before this i never had headaches

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I cannot believe the screws cracked. I've never been warned by any doctor that that could happen. May I ask did you fall or have some sort of event that caused the break? Or did it just happen on it's own and you became aware because of the pain? Some times in my family and friends we make jokes about my titanium spine. Now I see it is no joke.

Best of luck to you, I certainly hope they can fix that.

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fundoddy... I had a lumber fusion L4, L5 and S1 on May 19,2010. and had to have it all taken out 2 months later, due to six of my screws bent like a fish hook. Also, I had two rods broke in halve, and one plate broke. So, my doctor took all the hardware out, and the pain I had on the right side has moved to the left side. I will be going through surgery on Jan 31, 2011. My surgeon will also have to fix my C5-C6 in my neck. But I don't want any more surgeries. My pain is in my left and right knee, hip, and pelvis area. All this pain is new, my doctor say it may be from all the scar tissue I have, he took some out, but still have some left. I will be praying for you and everyone on this site...my best..
Sunshine!!!

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OMG, bless all of you on here for what you've been through, I thank God I never had surgery. Just hearing from you all breaks my heart, and I pray every single one of you finds relief very soon. Thank you so much for sharing your pain, that will help others.

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If you've had failed back surgery, please get a second (and probably a third) opinion before you let the guy who screwed up cut into your back again. The x-rays and MRIs (etc) are yours and you can (and should) take them to the doctors you're seeing for 2d and 3d opinions.

I'm in chronic pain (and will always be), but not from back surgery. I cannot imagine the frustration of having back surgery that makes pain worse. There are worse things than taking pain pills every day (as long as they work), and having to have back surgery over and over sounds like one of those things.

I see many people at the pain clinic who are there because their back surgery failed; I also see people at the pharmacy picking up drug (usually morphine) for themselves or their spouse) because back surgery changed them from a person in pain to a complete cripple.

As for Social Security: almost no one gets approved on the first or second try. You have to keep after them and eventually you'll get approved. They make it difficult because so many people have faked a full disability. Some of the "Social Security doctors" are a bit strange. They sent me to one guy who hadn't practiced medicine in years, but only did physicals for airline pilots. He assumed that anyone with fibromyalgia was faking disability. I didn't go to my doctor and tell her I thought I had fibromyalgia; she told me it was obvious I had it. I had to ask her what it was because I'd never heard of it!

Back surgery (any surgery) is the last resort. Always see several doctors and think about the results of surgery. Do you want to spend your life with screws, plates, bolts, and who-knows-what in your spine? It may be the only solution, but make sure that's true before you have back surgery.

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