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Posted in: Back pain, Chronic pain, and Surgery.

Bone pain after fusion

Started by Danielle Miller... on 04/30/2017 6:42pm

On March 29, 2017 i had my fusion surgery, L4/L5/S1 and have been feeling really great compared to before until the last few days. For those of you who've had surgery, does the weather just knock you for a loop or have you had major pain in one spot when you're up moving around? My husband suggested its just a stage of the bone healing process but I just don't know what to think about it other than I don't even want to walk around my house because a few minutes in im hurting. Any thoughts or advice??

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Hello--and thanks for your post. We're happy to hear it sounds like you've had a (mostly) smooth spine surgery recovery!

You mention having pain in one spot--is it at or near your incision site? If so, that's something a lot of people experience.

Have you called your doctor about your pain? It's worth it, if you haven't--if only for the peace of mind.

We'll stay posted on how you're doing. Sending well wishes your way for a great recovery!

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I've had three cervical surgeries within the last four years (two artificial disc replacements, then a fusion to fix the collapsed artificials) and another likely on the horizon, as I've recently found that one of my fusion screws is broken. I found that even after the first surgery, I became one of those people that could feel it in my bones when it was going to rain - something I never truly believed until experiencing it myself. This is something I still experience today and it is quite annoying, but something I know to expect (I feel a tightening of sorts in the top thoracic area below my cervical fusion). Everyone I know that has had any type of surgery all say they 'feel' the weather too, seems to be typical of surgery in general. Unfortunately, as far as I've heard, it's something that stays with you. However all people are different of course. As for the major pain in certain spots, I'm not sure if this is quite the same, but after my procedures, I have always had huge knots in my traps and under my shoulder blades. I'm still not sure if it's maybe due to having been on bedrest for awhile, or part of the healing process, or something specific to my body, but it has seemed to be more muscular than nerve or bone. Unsure if this helps, but in short, yes to the weather affecting me, and yes to the spots of pain - though I'd def check back with your doctor about the pain to make sure it isn't something to worry about. Good luck!

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OMG... only 2 months out from spinal fusion surgery??? I had two major joint Replacements last year in less than 3 months and I had less expectations than you do with a SPINAL surgery. Be kind to yourself and don't expect so much of your body. Granted I had 2 laminectomies and a spinal fusion in the early 80s but I gave myself a full three years before I began to attempt any athletic activities or anything outside of going to work. I won't even tell you how long I was in the hospital. My knee replacement which I just had last year is expected to take a full year to heal - and this isn't even as complicated as a spine. Listen to your husband - you are still healing and will be for many, many months. (This does NOT mean you cannot have a life; you can - just different from what you had - and just TEMPORARILY. GOOD LUCK &

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By the way, the only weather-related pain I have is from my joint replacements and in my SI joints. I do expect that to improve after time, however - the joint replacement weather-related pain, NOT the SI joint pain which I think will never go away since the surgery was so long ago. FYI, I was considering further surgery 13 years ago and no surgeon would recommend it/do it - so they sent me to pain management which is where I am today - and glad I had no further surgery.

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Hello Danielle Miller ...I almost fell off my bed when I read your post!! I am having the same problems!! I have had a ACDF of C5 - C6 on 8/8/2016 and on 3/22/2017 (Just a wk before you had your surgery) I had L3 -L5 fution w/screws/rods/disc cages between L3 -L4 and L4 -L5 . First I want to say my neck surgery went perfect...pain just from the surgery for a few weeks and that was it.
BUT... its been almost 4 months since my Lumbar Surgery and I started having nerve pain and numbness in hands and feet the day after...my hands felt like I had Minnie Mouse hands with her HUGE hands...that went on for a few days also w/ burning pain so bad in my left hand...that finally went away...then about a month ago in my outer hip area I felt like it was bone on bone! Around the same time my numbness returned like I had the day after surgery MINUS Minnie Mouse hands...ALSO...Storms always put me down like I have the flu...temp/chills/super aches and pains...and yes I am shy of turning 60 and I STILL want my mom! Lol Bless that Lil bitty woman for putting up with me!! Lol So I acually feel like before my surgery...its just a different type of pain!!!
I wont go into all the other symptoms like muscles spazing and neuropathy ect etc... Dr says it takes a long time for the nerves to come back if they are to and he said it has not been very long post surgery...it is still a downer because I had no idea it was going to be this fun!!! Lol Hope you are doing better!!!

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Indyyah57, you're pretty much on track with what you said about the spazzing and twitching in different parts of your body. This will go on for many months. I'm certainly not a medical professional but I've been through a lot. I suggest you read my post above which sums it up pretty well. This is a long-term project. It will be worth it if you take care of yourself so you'll have a good fusion. The weird symptoms WILL subside. In the meantime be very good to yourself and let others be good to you too, LOL. The last thing you want to do is have revision surgery. Although I don't have any hardware I'm sure that has its own challenges. BLESS YOU & sending you positive vibes for a SOLID recovery.

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Just for the record, fusion of the lumbar spine is a totally different animal than fusion of the cervical spine. The lumbar spine is the area where all the nerves come together and is the center or core of your body (where you attempt to balance yourself - so that is where all the stress and pressure is.) The lumbar spine carries the weight of the entire upper body. I'm not saying fusion of the cervical spine is a piece of cake -it's just not as difficult as it relates to healing time compared to the lumbar spine - also different in the way the neck moves compared to the way the lumbar spine moves. Boy did I ever take a lot for granted before I had that surgery.

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