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Pain

Started by Boo on 10/07/2018 8:31am

I had a lumbar Fusion almost 2 weeks ago I am in more pain than I was before I had to Fusion I've been told this is normal I just would like to know if anyone out there has had the same experience I am having I can barely stand I can barely sit been in the bed since I got home I'm just trying to find out if this is the way my life is going to be

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Hi, Boo! I’m sorry to hear your confusion about your lumbar fusion surgery. According to my surgeon, this is the biggest sutgery you can have, so it’s not unusual to have significant pain after surgery. Two weeks is far, far too early to expect much relief of pain if you had open surgery! I had a laminectomy and lumbar fusion and was told it would be a year to 18 mos before I would know how much relief I could expect long term. Relief is very slow, esp if you have had nerve damage or symptoms for a long time before surgery. Be sure to take your pain meds and muscle relaxants as prescribed. Heat or ice may also help. Best wishes for a steady recovery!

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Boo - another comment. The more you move after surgery (depending of course on your surgeon’s advice), the quicker your recovery. Yes, it hurts, but staying in bed will decondition your muscle and make a much harder recovery. Start very slow. I remember just getting out of bed to go to the bathroom was a huge victory and not without significant pain. That’s why you should take your meds - to allow you to do the activities you need to do to recover from this major surgery. It will improve, if my recovery is any indication.

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