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post spinal surgery

Started by 815780371853672... on 10/02/2015 12:32am

Iv been just reading all the post&was very interesting to know how other people feel softer surgery. khad my surgery L5/S1 fusion bone removal disc.removal disc&hardware rod/screws both sides of spine. My surgery ass in July 13 2015. I too am experience nerve pain after surgery I also am diabetic but had no nerve pain prior to surgery Iam trying. Gapeptin 600mg three times adday&oxy 10 mg three times a day as needed. Dr. decrease to surgery7.5 but I still have a lot of pain esp when bending&lifting & neuropathy am due to go back to work soon I am a nurse who is on my feet pretty much the 8hrs I work I don't see I am going to be able to do it. But i .can't. live on what I get for disabability

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Hi there, Spine surgery recovery can be tough and time taking. A good postoperative rehabilitative care must be given to the patient for quick recovery. Well, my brother recently got his spinal fusion NJ and is recovery quite well as the center provides a high level of care. Well, you should better consult your doctor.

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My back surgery history starts in 2002 with my first laminectomy, 2005 second laminectomy, 2007 l1 l2 l3 l4 fusion, 2015 March my doctor went in through my right hip and pulled out l4 l5 disks replaced with cages temporarily screw them in and then 28 days later went in through my spine putting in screws and rods. My first fusion was life changing for the good, this fusion has been disastrous! I take 2800 milligrams of gabapentin daily and still it does not deal with the amount of nerve damage I am dealing with! I just finished reading an article about heat pads and inflammation, I think I am going to give up my heating pad for a while to see if it will help me. This surgery drastically decreased the quality of my life and I am not a happy camper! I am currently working with the VA to find a pain specialist in my area because my surgeon's office has cut me off after only 6 months of managing my pain and I have no other prescription plans to fall back on! I don't want to keep on rambling but I will post again if anyone has any questions as to whether the lack of heat is helping with my nerve pain. Thanks for reading

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Hi, I'm new to the group and wish I had the answers. My first surgery was a laminectomy in '85 and a fusion at L5-S1 with rods and screws in '93. I was medically retired from GM plant in Oklahoma City in '96. I've tried it all and still looking for something. I'm on 30mg Morphine ER now that my GP sent me to a pain specialist. I lost the hydrocodone with this doctor. Something about IN state laws has all the GP's sending patients to pain docs. I saw a neurosurgeon 2 weeks ago and the only way to get a decent look at my low back now is a Myleogram with xrays and a CT scan. Twice they tried to look with an MRI and the metal in my back distorts the image. Hard to believe it's been 30 years of this, and I'l be 60 in Feb next year. When I get a bad flare up, I go to the local doc in the box and get a shot of Toradol. It doesn't last long but gets me through the flare up. Usual pain is left side, back hip and leg. But it can go to the right side, or sometimes both. When I get the rest of the dr bills at least knocked down some I'll go the myleogram route again and at least see where I'm at. The new neurosurgeon was talking about the nerve stimulator or whatever it is they put in low backs. I may do the last 5 years or so have really sucked. Sorry to come on with all the negative stuff, but wanted to introduce myself since I just joined tonight.

Good luck to everyone! Mike

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I have been wanting to talk to others who've had a full spinal fusion later in life. I'm 54 & had a spinal fusion w/Harrington Rod done in 1977 when I was 16 (T2-L2). I was pretty good for 20 yrs. until I had my son & then started having some pain. Through PT, anti inflammatories, & after a time cortisone injections I was able to manage pretty well. Then in 2003, I was in a bad car accident & my low back was never the same. My pain beacame chronic & I was put on Fentanyl for 6 yrs. to control it. After becoming physically addicted due to a herniated disc pressing on my L5-s1 nerve & leg pain for 2 yrs., I finally had a laminectomy in 2012, my pain became better & I was able to get off Fentanyl. It took 6 mos. to get back to some semblance of normal but finally my head was out of the fog. Then in 2014 I had 2 more surgeries, on my shoulder & knee within 2 1/2 mos. & my back was pain was bad again. It hurts to sit for very long (10 - 20 min.) due to the compression. I have lower back pain as well as left hip & butt pain & numbness & sometimes it goes into my calf. I tried a rhizotomy in Jan. 2015, then injections in April & July but nothing has worked. So then I had X-rays, an MRI & a CT scan & found that my lower spine beginning at L3 is curving 35 degrees To the left & my discs are bulging, unstable & degenerating. So they're telling me I need to have this full spinal fusion to the sacrum & it's scary to me! How do you know when the best time to do that is? My pain is manageable with PT, Butrans patch, morphine & Opana a few times a week but he'll it's not like I'm taking pain pills every day...although I do have a high pain tolerance! So I feel I should wait until my pain gets worse & wonder if anyone has any suggestions? At this point I still do things but it's limited to daytime mostly as pain gets worse later in the day & with doing too much bending, lifting & sitting. I'm home a lot & do feel somewhat isolated but try to keep positive. I haven't been able to work for 10 yrs. now. I'd appreciate any feedback & I wish everyone the best as I know how difficult back pain, scoliosis & spinal fusion can be.

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16 months post double fusion with instrumentation 360 , wish I never did it . Have all the signs of failed back surgery syndrome . All pain now on left side , nothing accomplished .Feet burning , nerve pressure into front of face as well no feeling in left hip . Try a rigurous PT as well as injections to prevent going under the knife

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