spinal fusion complications
DSkipper

Menifee, CA

#716 Dec 9, 2013
Why is this post so old?
DSkipper

Menifee, CA

#717 Dec 9, 2013
My bad....... It is now current !
I apologize......
DSkipper

Menifee, CA

#718 Dec 9, 2013
ranadheer wrote:
Thats nothing guys i had a fusion rom c6 to c8 and a long fusion from T1 to T9,andi am doing great.people who have such syrgery will have 20% chances of walking again. but i travel 30 Kms to my work , i lead a normal life.
it all depends on how strong you are mentally.
It's different when you have a good outcome !
Pain sucks !
Marilyn

Louisville, KY

#719 Jan 7, 2014
I have had two spinal fusions done in 2012 and my whole saddle area and buttocks are dead numb, but burns at the same time. I can rub on my right hip in a circular motion and feel the same in the small of my back. My legs burn constantly, and my ankles and feet stay ice cold. They are also numb with tingling sensation. I have yet to have my fusion in my cervical region and because they have prolonged it, it's getting worse! I have more issues now than I ever had. I am praying for everyone on here, because I know what you're going through. May we be healed in the name of Jesus.
Sylvia

Greensboro, NC

#720 Feb 14, 2014
Had spinal fusion January. 17, 2013. L 4 & 5. I am trying not to take pain pills. Some days I am ok, others, I have to take Ultram. I go back to see neurosurgeon. February. 20 to see if I have fused. I am concerned that I may not have fused because I am still having pain in my left left and foot. Sometimes when I move in bed I feel like someone is ripping my side out.

Getting really disgusted . How long do people have to take pain pills. I was told not to take Advil after fusion, I wear my brace all the time except when in bed.

Would love to hear others experience
Ann

Hampton, VA

#721 Feb 15, 2014
Is it normal to have numbness and cold fingertips and toes after l4s5 fusion laminectomy

Since: Feb 14

Covina, CA

#722 Feb 17, 2014
Greetings everyone! I just found this site and thought I would briefly tell my story (if I was wide awake, I would probably write a long book!).
I had the whole laminectomy/discectomy/spinal decompression thing with 3 vertebrae fusion in June of 2013, about 8 months ago. This all began with spinal stenosis which appeared the prior year and because of it, I was unable to walk. Luckily I had insurance so I had the operation, after multiple spinal injections, phys therapy, and Dr appt after Dr appt, then waiting for insurance approval after every little request, it took forever! Finally had the surgery, was in the hospital for 9 days! 9 days! I had some elevated white blood cell count through the roof, I was 5 days in the I.C.U., barely remember it. Dilaudid pump, which worked just fine. I get home on a friday, on monday a physical therapist is there having me do all kinds of exercises, you know knees to the chest etc. After a week of this torture she gets tired of hearing my complaining so she calls the Surgeons office. I was right next to her when she called, I gave her the phone number. Anyhoo, I could hear the Physicians Assistant saying "Who are you? and Why are you there?" I just had major lumbar surgery and i am not supposed to move!. There was a mix up with my HMO, apparently my Primary doc put in the order for the phys therapy, not the surgeon, so the timing got screwed up. They have taken x-rays a couple of times, and my spine is very crooked starting at the top of the fusion to the bottom of the fusion, very crooked. After 8 months I can barely walk, I take morphine ER, oxycodone, neurontin and now Soma (they switched me from Baclofen) 3 to 4 times daily, all of them. There is a knife in my back and every once in a while someone twists it, my right leg is sometimes so numb I cannot feel it. My pain doc wanted to increase the morphine, but I said Hell no, that drug will suck the soul right out of you, but I did have him increase the oxy's. Oh, by the way I am 58 years old and have an appointment with another Doc to assist me with the severe depression and anxiety that apparently goes along with this messed up condition/situation. If I have to walk more than a hundred feet I have to use a walker, severe pain on the left and complete numbness on the right is the perfect recipe for a fall, the last thing I need. One last thing, I did apply for SSDI, but of course I was denied "I can do some other type of work" hahaha, in reconsideration now. No matter how you put it, I am screwed and most days feel like shit mentally as well as physically. I have no words of encouragement, except perhaps be greatful for what we do have, family that care, friends willing to help, a roof over our head, and a Glorious God who loves us all! I love you all!
Have a nice day!
hesser

United States

#724 Mar 1, 2014
If you had/are having fusion surgery...more than likely your spine is messed up already.The spinal column carries all nerves that matter most through your body.Any time they are impeded it causes tons of issues.Day to day you must live,and find ways to exercise.
Pamela

North Berwick, ME

#725 Apr 25, 2014
I have had back problems for many years. I am 67 now and had a partial laminotomy with the X Stop Spacer on Jan. 17th, 2013. I called all my insurances and was told all I probably would have to pay is the deductible, which was less than $400. All was approved, until 2 months later I got a bill from Tricare (military insurance) for $1234. I called Tricare and they told me it was an experimental item and wouldn't pay for it.

I had to cancel my 2nd post op appt. and when I called back my surgeon moved to California. Well I am in such pain now that I almost pass out. The pain not only in the L4-5 but L5-S1 and pain is radiating in both legs to the foot and going up my back making my arms numb and my neck stiff. I get only 4 hours sleep a night because of the pain, I take 550 mg. Naproxen but it isn't helping.

I feel I need a total Laminectomy but if they go in and remove the spacer, I'm afraid to get another bill for that 1/2" square spacer. I hope to have some more shots and then possibly go back on my tens unit, but I can't stand, walk (unless with a shopping cart), hurts to drive and I just bought a new car. Any suggestions. Thanks
james

United States

#726 May 26, 2014
Jeff wrote:
here is my situation and I hope someone can help; I'm 24 and had a L5-S1 fusion done at the end of March this year; I'm just about coming up on 9 months now post-surgery and I had no relief of my leg pain/burning/pinching/electric al symptoms after surgery and up until this date; I did notice right after the surgery and for the first 5 months I would say, improved amount of pain and sensations in my low back area
within the last few months though, have begun to get really bad achy/stiff pain in my back almost all the time and can't even do any kind of physical work, even for just a few minutes without making the stiffing pain in my low back worse and seem to be losing flexibility as time goes on; I understand that your suppose to lose some flexibility and have some stiffness from the fusion but it seems to be getting to a ridiculous level of pain and stiffness now;
ever since having the surgery I've also had complications from the bone graft site in my pelvis in regards to pain/burning, etc - I do not recommend having the bone graft taken from your hip if possible, try getting a donor if possible because there is great chance of having bad pain and complications from the graft site itself
overall, I think so far that I have had no improvement from the surgery and feel as time goes on that the amount of scar tissue forming is enormous and I can feel the lumps in my low back and hips from the formation; it feels like their are baseballs in my back!
what has me concerned now though is, within the last month, I get terrible sharp pains in my abdomen and genitals when I sit in the car, at home, etc and even get some shooting pain into my abdomen and groin when walking after sitting for any period; I'm worried about the hardware possibly causing this sharp pain in the anterior part of my body because it feels like it shoots from the back and the pressure of sitting seems to make it worse; has anyone else had this sharp pain in their abdomen and genitals??
also, has anyone, after having he fusion, seemed to have. a sensitive coccyx when ever your sit for any period of time?
jeff, i know what your going through. I had a l5s1 fussion with Herrington rods.i had all the symptoms you tell of before the surgery even the stomach and genital pain.the pain progressively subsided for a while.however a year or two afterword the pain progressively got worse.i got off of workers comp and started manual labor with a home builder. That lasted for about three years and finally i couldn't take it any more.updates of mri's showed i had all kinds of trouble with the l5 to l4 and l4 to l3 . Its been almost 12 yesrs and because of pain cannot work.i have unusual amounts of pain between my hips in my lower back, and down my right leg with different parts hurting constantly hurrting. But what is interesting my first visit after surgery i told the surgon that my genitals were not burring any more along with my stomach pain he said the surgery should not have affected it in any way but, that was good they stopped hurrting and that he would take credit for it (jokeingly).well years later it's back.and know I'm getting shooting pains down my left leg where it was never before.and also was wondering does your heels burn on fire like an attom bomb. Becouse i cannot stop mine from burning .and the ortho seems to think that is another issue not related same as my genitals. It kind makes me wonder becouse the doc that is telling me this is my pain management which happens to be in the same group as my surgon..Hmmmmmmm.
JahnP

Jeffersonville, IN

#727 May 26, 2014
It's a hype... it's all a hype! Doctors will tell you they can "fix you," or "make you feel like new," when they know full well they're lying through their teeth. Here's the hype: Yes, dear God, you do suffer from pan, almost pure agony. You go to the doctor for relief. HE makes you this GLORIOUS promise and you believe him.(Funny, you're more picky about the care of your car than the choice of physicians/surgeons you choose.) He performs the operation, oftentimes placing foreign objects into your body (yeah, I did it too, that's why I can tell you this, but I REFUSED the chemical medication). A few months out, you're back at square one -- that pain has reared its ugly head once more. NOW, comes the tricky part. The Doc has prescribed you meds -- POTENT meds to help you deal with the paid you had originally, oh, but now, it's worse. THEN, you become hooked on the meds because you NEED them to cope with the pain. Meanwhile, the doc is going to receive a kickback from some pharmaceutical company who wants to push its drugs at any and all costs, no matter if the contraindication for the meds are accurate -- they get you high, they make you forget your pain -- AND YOU ARE HOOKED! Now, if law enforcement catches you operating a vehicle "under the influence," you're in deep pooh, because possibly, there's a court cost, fine and maybe imprisonment, depending on how hooked you've become on your meds. So, your problem has just increased from a horrid back pain to coping with chemical drugs which only sugar-coat the issue. Seek for yourself a Naturopath or holistic healer before you go any further. I promise you, they will do more for you than a high-priced physician!! Be well, my friend.

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james wrote:
<quoted text> jeff, i know what your going through. I had a l5s1 fussion with Herrington rods.i had all the symptoms you tell of before the surgery even the stomach and genital pain.the pain progressively subsided for a while.however a year or two afterword the pain progressively got worse.i got off of workers comp and started manual labor with a home builder. That lasted for about three years and finally i couldn't take it any more.updates of mri's showed i had all kinds of trouble with the l5 to l4 and l4 to l3 . Its been almost 12 yesrs and because of pain cannot work.i have unusual amounts of pain between my hips in my lower back, and down my right leg with different parts hurting constantly hurrting. But what is interesting my first visit after surgery i told the surgon that my genitals were not burring any more along with my stomach pain he said the surgery should not have affected it in any way but, that was good they stopped hurrting and that he would take credit for it (jokeingly).well years later it's back.and know I'm getting shooting pains down my left leg where it was never before.and also was wondering does your heels burn on fire like an attom bomb. Becouse i cannot stop mine from burning .and the ortho seems to think that is another issue not related same as my genitals. It kind makes me wonder becouse the doc that is telling me this is my pain management which happens to be in the same group as my surgon..Hmmmmmmm.
OGE

Miami, FL

#728 Jun 20, 2014
I had L3 and L4 Fusion surgery a year ago and between the pressure on my back and the pain on my legs and on the bottom of my feet is irresistible. I feel real bad because I am married and cannot have sex after one year of recovery. The doctor told me that I will have a 75% recovery but never said anything about not able to have sex. I am frustrated and feel very down. Does anyone else is having the same problem?
jenn

United States

#729 Jul 22, 2014
Kim wrote:
I understand what you are going through! The thing that scares me the most is my pain is so bad, I am popping pain pills like candy on top of wearing a 75 mcg fentenal patch. I have pain every minute of everyday. I just can't imagine living with this pain the rest of my life. I try to stay as active as possible with walking, but I can't get that far with having to sit down and take a break. And what drives me even more crazy is the fact that the pain pills don't make me sleepy, they make me stay WIDE awake, so I never can take them after 7pm if I want to sleep that night. My DR just gives me prescriptions for sleeping pills on top of that. After reading the things I have read, I am really not looking forward to making the decsion of having the fusion or not.
DONT DO IT I TOO AM ON SAME MEDS I had a fusion done it has been the worst thing ever!!! Pain is 10x worse and it comes with a multitude of other problems leg twitching painful to sit muscle spasums and if you're in a cold weather area the metal in the fusion gets cold and causes more pain and it takes hours to warm up. I've been living this nightmare for 9 years now. It'smade life hell, I have been deamed perminitly didisabled no longer able to work do to the extream pain I lost my marige .that surgery ruined my life and my back..I'm now looking into a reversal surgery and disc replacement...DO NOT let a dr push you into a fusion do resurch into other options your health insurance companies don't cover there is optional treatment but most Dr s won't even tell you about them do to insurance not covering them and they get $ for the surgery...in the past 9years I have learned that drs are looking out for their best interest NOT YOURS!!
Chris

Exeter, UK

#730 Aug 18, 2014
It's good to hear of other experiences, although I am sorry that so many of us have suffered. I had c5 disc removed and a fusion carried out 3 months ago. The result . . . can't walk without a walking frame, leg spasms and weakness that can make me suddenly drop to the floor without warning, and I don't have the strength in my legs to stand up again without a lot of help, numbness in right side from armpit to foot. swollen feet and lower legs that are either freezing or hot. unable to use left hand, pain through most of my body. . . I could go on but you get the picture. I was told that what happened to me is very rare, but reading your posts, not as rare as I was led to believe.
Michelle

Detroit, MI

#733 Jan 29, 2015
kev-jan wrote:
My name is Kevin and I had spinal fusion on my L5-S1 last January and my symptoms are 10x worse now. The pressure in my back is unbelievable, and my legs and feet twitch 24/7, it feels that there is electricity in my legs..Help does anyone else have these symptoms?


Sounds like you have Cauda Equina Syndrome. Do you have 'electric spiders' in your back too? Then you better see a neurologist now.
Bill

Du Bois, PA

#736 Jun 5, 2015
April 23 I had a fusion through l5 plus had tail bone removed. Now firevant biting feeling in my legs to the point I can't walk. Anyone else experienced this? How long does it last. Been 6 weeks so for. Dr so busy I can't get in to see him for a month
Cinzia

Surprise, AZ

#737 Jun 5, 2015
I am so grateful to have found this forum. My Dr sent me to a orthopedic surgeon because of my sciatic pain due to a disc problem< (L3-4, L4-5 degenerative discs with 2mm posterior disc bulge, L5 has 3mm posterior disc bulge. There are also some ligaments grown around the spine too. This is just a short version of the MRI results)

I have no back pain, just sciatic pain down my leg. I had two pain shots back in Dec of 2014, and now two more this month. Pain always gets better for while, but unfortunately comes back. I went to see the orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation, and right way he wanted to do a back fusion. He immediately set it up, although I was not certain I wanted to do it right then. He never mentioned anything about the recovery period (brace, etc). Every time I asked to elaborate, he just said I will do just fine. When I got home, I decided I didn't want to go through with the surgery, and called to cancel, and his office gave me a hard time. I went to pick up my MRI cd, and report, and found out they shredded everything, but the cd. I was so annoyed at them. I was never told of any of the issues described here. I have one friend who has had this surgery, and she is miserable. Another reason I was reluctant to go ahead with the planned surgery. I had a laminectomy, on the same L4-5, but opposite side, back in 2004, and have had no issues. This started about a year later, but my surgeon then, said to just leave it alone. Pain comes and goes, some days are better than others, but still I take no prescription drugs, and can get around just fine.

So far I have has two ortho Doctors telling me I should do this fusion. I am planning to see a neuro Dr, and get his opinion. A neurosurgeon did my first surgery. I dont want to be worse off than I am now. I just don't have too much faith in a spinal fusion surgery, being as successful, as my previous laminectomy. I really appreciate the honest posts here.
Beccasyre82

United States

#738 Aug 17, 2015
macladayl wrote:
I just got the same diagnosis L5-S1 and the doctor recommends ALIF. After reading your post I wondered if you surgery and recovery turned out for the better for you? Anyways, I hope you feeling better.
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I have Dr pannu unfortunately, had a spinal stimulator put in, the Dr failed to check my wound which was infected with staph.... Still recovering from this
PGOELTZ

Stevensville, MT

#740 Jan 10, 2016
Jeff M wrote:
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I am really interested in this new method. Is there any specific hospital that i could contact, especially in Germany?
i just saw this if you write me at my email i wwill get the doctors names, its a german, french british thing and they do work in toulouse, but just told me there is a place in FL, and CO (states) doing this now except the stem cells.
pgoeltz at yahoo dotcom
PGOELTZ

Stevensville, MT

#742 Jan 10, 2016
Beccasyre82 wrote:
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I have Dr pannu unfortunately, had a spinal stimulator put in, the Dr failed to check my wound which was infected with staph.... Still recovering from this
same wit scs any help at reducing pain or meds? of say 10% its another scam they push through in washington

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