Patti K

Macomb, MI

#372 May 24, 2010
What type of Dr. does a better job for back surgery, a Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Back Surgeon? I'm having L5 S1 problems that are getting worse. Physical Therapy used to help me but now it seems the more I get the worse it make me. I have pain in my lower back and tingling down my left leg into my feet and toes. A lot of sparking. My Physical Medicine Dr. says hold the course because Surgery will be worse. The symptoms in my foot are most frightening because they are becoming more painful. It's almost to the point that I can't walk.
Enough

Indianapolis, IN

#373 May 24, 2010
Any advice on how to start being active again, I don't feel to bad during the day. 11 days post op Spinal fusion. I had 4 screws and 2 metal pates. stabilizing L-5 to L-4. But in the evening the lower back pain and pain predominantly in the right hip leg returns. This morning The right leg was putting me in absolute agony. I wonder if I possibly slept wrong. Luckily they did not have to go through the back just the front So what is a good balance? Dr says no vacuuming, pulling, lifting more tan 15 lbs, to much twisting or bending for 4 more weeks. Should I listen to my body or try to push a bit? I am worried if i don't have enough activity or to much... Would appreciate advice from those that have been through it. Thank you. My prayers to all of you suffering with pain and differnet levels.
JTrempe

AOL

#374 May 24, 2010
Hi,

I am a physical therapist. Unfortunately I have seen patients post op spinal fusion that have similar symptoms. Use ice on your lower back to minimize inflammation. Consider other pain reducing alternatives such as acupuncture. If your doctor has prescribed physical therapy, try to be consistent with the recommended program.

For additional things you can try, visit:

http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/back-pain...

Good Luck.
Enough

Indianapolis, IN

#375 May 25, 2010
Thank you JTrempe
Enough

Indianapolis, IN

#376 May 25, 2010
What made me decide on surgery was I had tried every other avenue. It was a hard decision to make. I know there are risk involved, but I am hoping and praying for the best or at least livable.
patricia scully

Hardy, AR

#377 Jun 2, 2010
I had a metal plate inserted in January or 2010 this year to seperate the rubbing discs, but since then a week later I started having severe leg pain and still have it and it is June now and had shots and spintal shots, uperderal and nothing. Now the doctor said he can remove the metal and fuse the discs, but I am scared, do you think this is the way to go. I live in Arkansas and there aren't too many specialists here.
Andrew

Alphington, Australia

#378 Jun 8, 2010
Hi
Enough, I think we all get to the point we have had enough I know I have. When you choose to have surgery I think you are at the point you carnt get releaf any other way and you will give just about anything a go to get some sort or releaf. After surger don't try to rush thing to much you need to keep moving but don't over do it, give the bone graft time to work as that is what gives the fusion it's strIength. Plus the opp itself is big and your body has alot of healing to do, if thay took the bone graft from your hips that also heart for some time also. So for now try not to over do it but sill keep things moving aswell. If I can help with anything just ask and I will answer if I can. Thanks Andrew
Enough

Indianapolis, IN

#379 Jun 9, 2010
Thank you Andrew, The leg Pain has calmed down some although a sometimes it does still hurt like hades. I am trying to keep a good balance with activity and resting. I know I have to listen to my body. Did over do a bit yesterday, but it always hurts worse in the evening. Last night I knew I over did it. The nerve pain I know after it being compressed for almost three years its going to take quite a bit of time to heal. I am keeping a positive attitude !

Since: Jun 10

Alphington, Australia

#380 Jun 10, 2010
Sometimes it's hard to wear the point of over doing it is I often I used to do things and not know it until the next day. I went two years befor I had my fusion and thay removed the disc that was pinching the nerve and I still get leg pain. Sometimes thay can fix the problem but the brain still thinks the problem is there, that is what cronic pain is the pain signal needs to be turned off some how. I don't. Think thay now how to. It sounds like your working thing out, doing what your body is telling you to do. It help if you have good Suport around you because you need it, it can be a hard road so keep having fun in your life because things can catch up with you I have a good hobby that helps keep me sane. Well all the best Enough from Andrew.
elizabeth

Bronx, NY

#383 Jun 12, 2010
I'm sorry everyone I forget to add that your surgeon should give to you a orthofix spinal-stim bone growth stimulator for after surgery. Yuo use it 4 hours per day but you can break it up for 90 days. its quite and lite and dose work

p.s. sorry for the 3rd write up!
Enough

Indianapolis, IN

#384 Jun 13, 2010
elizabeth wrote:
I'm sorry everyone I forget to add that your surgeon should give to you a orthofix spinal-stim bone growth stimulator for after surgery. Yuo use it 4 hours per day but you can break it up for 90 days. its quite and lite and dose work
p.s. sorry for the 3rd write up!
What is that? I did not receive it unless it was something they gave me in the hospital. After surgery and while still under the effects of the anesthesia they gave me a gram of Dilaudid,and thank God my husband noticed I wasn't breathing right. My fingernails and lips were blue. They did a narco flush and I woke up in horrible pain, but pain means your ALIVE! In my opinion the nurses should have been keeping a better eye on me. I could have died! They said I was hypersensitive. Even shook my doctor up. He came in later in the day and said that was a close call thank God your husband was with you. I heard him before he came in though reaming the nurses a new one. He said you do not ignore my patient after surgery! and a few expletives. They are to be checked on every few minutes or more until they wake up from the effects of the anesthesia.
elizabeth

Bronx, NY

#385 Jun 14, 2010
Enough wrote:
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What is that? I did not receive it unless it was something they gave me in the hospital. After surgery and while still under the effects of the anesthesia they gave me a gram of Dilaudid,and thank God my husband noticed I wasn't breathing right. My fingernails and lips were blue. They did a narco flush and I woke up in horrible pain, but pain means your ALIVE! In my opinion the nurses should have been keeping a better eye on me. I could have died! They said I was hypersensitive. Even shook my doctor up. He came in later in the day and said that was a close call thank God your husband was with you. I heard him before he came in though reaming the nurses a new one. He said you do not ignore my patient after surgery! and a few expletives. They are to be checked on every few minutes or more until they wake up from the effects of the anesthesia.
a spinal stim bone growth stimulator is a noninvasive electromagnetic bone growth stimulator to increase the success of any spine fusion. And it is also used to heal nonunion fractures. It generates a uniform low level pulsed electromagnetic field similar to the electrical field generated by the body it enhances bone fusion. My surgeon gave me one before I had my surgery. You wear it around your waist and in the front it has a timer and it is square in the back and there are different ones for the neck. Sorry to hear about your nitemare at the hospital I hope some how you can get better.
Enough

Indianapolis, IN

#386 Jun 14, 2010
After that they were right there if I called. Like any hospital you have great nurses who do their job well and others that do not. I know it is easy to get burnt out. I have a few friends who are nurses. Dilaudid though is a very strong druga full Gram is a lot!I did fine when they took it down to half a gram. They only had me on that for 2 days. I am getting better it has been 4 weeks but if I do to much my legs and loer back hurt. So I am still trying to find that balance.
elizabeth

Bronx, NY

#387 Jun 14, 2010
Enough wrote:
After that they were right there if I called. Like any hospital you have great nurses who do their job well and others that do not. I know it is easy to get burnt out. I have a few friends who are nurses. Dilaudid though is a very strong druga full Gram is a lot!I did fine when they took it down to half a gram. They only had me on that for 2 days. I am getting better it has been 4 weeks but if I do to much my legs and loer back hurt. So I am still trying to find that balance.
I know one time over a year ago my local er gave me some dilaudid too I threw up over it and had hallucanations but things got much better since. Your still post opertive hang in there best of luck!
Dave

Helendale, CA

#388 Jun 18, 2010
Hi,my first surgery was in 2005 number two 2006 number three 2007. Two levels rods and screws,after number three still having a great deal of pain turns out my body rejected the hardware so i had the hardware removed and discovered that two of the screws came lose and were rubbing on my bones.To this day im in the same pain.I am awaiting authorization for a neurostimulator,has anyone had this procedure done if so did you have favorable results?
Dustin

Milwaukee, WI

#389 Jun 22, 2010
This is the first time I have ever written in a website forum.
I will hopefully be turning 22 this August.
I had posterior spinal fusion three years ago to this day and it changed my life.
There are 2 twelve inch poles in my back, 14 screws and two hooks.
I cannot bend my back anymore.
I feel like the last three years of my life have been a slow delayed death.
I took narcotic medication for three months after my surgery, until my digestive system shut down. My body cannot handle pain medicine. I have been drug free for over 2 years now.
My parents have drilled the concept into my head that "every day gets a little bit better"
When someone is informed of my condition and asks me if I am ok, I repeat this quote.
For three years I've said "every day gets a little bit better" and for three years a piece of my heart and my own personal reality have been stripped from me, because I know I am lying.

I don't know how much longer I can last, I can feel my the metal in my spine scrape against the tattered raw muscles in my back.
My energy level has begun to plummet exponentially. I can feel each day sucking the life out of me, leaving just enough to wake up the next morning.

The medical solution for me is to build an exercise routine that will slowly build my endurance and later my muscles.
I am a full time college student and part time employee. At this point in my life I only have the energy to do one or the other. I have chosen school before my health. This decision is something I cannot change, I will not change it. I have an opportunity now to continue my education for free, my parents are paying my way through college. It won't last. Once my younger brother and sister reach college in two years, my time will be over.
I am filling in the small canyon of opportunity that has been given to me and if I do not fill it now, it will be closed and lost.

To ensure my survival, I need a college degree to find my place in this society, which in tern will grant me money for filling a role. I can than use this money to support the ones I love, which is my only goal in life. All I want is for the people I love to be happy.

I have accepted that my medical condition is beyond the point of compassion. With conditions like this, the people you love are only conscious of it for so long.
Your body reaches a point where you can again fit into the social norm, when that happens other people accept you back as one of them. Once you have '''''recuperated''''', there is no going back.

And so here I remain, trapped in time, falling down an endless pit with nothing to grab on to.

If you are considering altering your spinal column, be very careful.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into and no doctor is going to fucking tell you stories like this, because it people like me that they let go of.
The hospitals have done all they can do, now it is up to me to recuperate myself.

Realistically, no one can live with this condition, enroll full time at a university, work outside of school and execute the process of strengthening an already crippled back.

If you put yourself through this surgery, keep in mind that you must be fully ready to put everything else in your life on hold for approximately 2 years, depending on surgical options, and focus directly on physical health.

If you do not do this, you will end up like me. Believe me, it is not worth it.
elizabeth

Bronx, NY

#390 Jun 24, 2010
Does anyone know how you get the broken screws they got out of your back after surgery? A nurse wrote down a written request for me to get them but it has been a little over a month now should I call hospital superviser?
Sally

Vernon Hills, IL

#391 Jun 27, 2010
Am 56 and recovering from spinal fusion L4-L5 after prior laminectomy L5-S1 14 years ago.....Have horrific leg nerve pain....which is crazy... numb, then tingling, then electricity, then stabbing inner thigh and muscle craziness. Post op 8 weeks Doc now is saying possible nerve damage and will re-work up. Any ideas out there from anyone who may have experienced some of this. Questions that I should ask, advise, ect. I can't keep drugging myself out for all the pain, and it seems crazy I'm taking as much pain killers now as prior to surgery.
elizabeth

Bronx, NY

#392 Jun 28, 2010
I need to add a few facts about the neurosurgeon I had. He did let me go 15 months before he did any imaging tests to find out I had 2 fractured screws and a bone graft that fell apart. I was in agony thought I needed a wheelchair.
I waited 4 more months for the big surgery and a orthopedic came in also to help. The thing is he was great in the hospital I had good care under him. I only hope the surgery helped I am going to try to have the hardware tested that I got out from the first surgery.
elizabeth

Bronx, NY

#393 Jul 1, 2010
It is hard for me to deal with such pain when I had the first surgery done in10/2008. I walked out of that hospital worse than when I arrived there.
For 15 months I dealt with a very ego type I can do no wrong doctor for 15 months. BUT with the burning and stabbing in my back my treating doctor
insisted I get the surgeon to do the imaging tests. The surgeon left me hanging out in the room then came in and decided to do the imaging tests.
When I got them done and bought them back to his place he came in like he was in a hurry and said nothing was wrong but I had two broken screws and the rods did not look straight and my bone doner fell apart. Now that was in January of 2010. He set surgery for 3/3/10 but cancelled now I was getting mad. He got a good orthopedic to come in the o.r. with us I finally had very extensive surgery done on 5/19/10 to fix all problems. So far I seem to be getting better. For any one please don,t wait too long and be hard with the doctor if you need be.

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