Spinal fusion 6months post op. Press...
Mitch

UK

#105 Apr 26, 2013
Hi bob its early days yet can take 6 months at least to feel pain free .I had l5s1 fused with metal work in sept 12 and have been back at full time work since dec 12. I found swimming most days was what helped me. I still get days when I feel stiff and tender but is manageable without tablets. Your pain sounds like nerve pain but considering what the docs have done to your back I think its normal at just 4 weeks. It does get better
lizzie

Chicago, IL

#106 May 1, 2013
Scared! My Dr.said I have to have fusion on l5/s1 I have no support my back hurt so bad. I just had a impingment repair. How long do I need to wait until this heals before i have my back fixed?
JOYCE

Atlantic City, NJ

#107 May 4, 2013
FYI, I HAD S1,L5 FUSION. I NEEDED L4 TO BE FUSED ALSO BUT SURGEON DID NOT WANT TO DO IT ALL THE SAME TIME. WHY? HAVE NO CLUE. I NEVER HAD RELIEF FROM ANY OF THE SURGERIES I'VE HAD. HAD EPIDURALS AND NOTHING WORKS FOR ME. IT'S BEEN 2YRS SINCE MY FUSION AND NOW THE PAIN DOWN MY LEFT LEG IS HORRIFIC. PAIN MANAGEMENT HAS TRIED EVERYTHING OUT THERE AND THE ONLY THING I CAN TOLERATE IS HYDROCODONE, AND THAT IS ONLY LASTING 3 HOURS INSTEAD OF THE 6.NOT ALL THE PAIN IS GONE IN THOSE 3 HOURS AND I KNOW WHEN IT STOPS WORKING.
I AM NOW GOING TO UNIVERSITY OF PENN. TO SEE AN ANOTHER ORTHO SURGEON. IF I AM NOT GIVEN PROMISING NEWS I WILL HAVE THE ELECTRODES SIMILAR TO TENS MACHINE BUT PERMINATELY PLACED UNDER THE SKIN NEAR THE LOWER BACK. YES IT CAN TAKE A TOLL ON RELATIONSHIPS AND MARRIAGE. GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ARE LOOKING FOR ANSWER TO YOUR PAIN.
Lynn

Omaha, NE

#108 May 6, 2013
I have unbearable pain due to L5 S1 daily. I've have 2 epidurals and wondering if surgery is necessary. I've talked to five or more patients who had back surgery. They all say the same thing"don't do it." I've had the pain for over four months. The burning, numbness,tingling , pressure in low back feels like bricks . I've been told by senior citizens to walk around in a swimming pool. These seniors swear by this method. I don't like all the pain meds. Any advice would be helpful.
Mitch

UK

#109 May 11, 2013
Hi
Well I am 8 months post op on l5s1 and was feeling great until 4 weeks ago. I have started getting left arm pain constant pins and needles in my left hand and am suffering from vertigo when ever I bend down. Does anyone out there got any advice could this be related to my spine.
Ellie

Chippenham, UK

#110 May 19, 2013
depressed wrote:
I am 42 had horrible stenosisL4 thru s1 in my spine, spine of an 80 year old woman,in June I had surgery to clean out the stenosis,no hardware, no fusion, no bone removal just cleanout. I am having horrible pressure and numbness in my lower back,does anyone have any soulutions.
I had op for spinal stenosis in oct 2012 along with herniated discs, fusion and bone grafts at l4l5s1 - am still in spasmodic pain but this feeling of numbness and pressure in my back after either sitting for more than 20 mins or after walking for more than 20 mins - it is really weird feeling - Previous posts suggested it was the hardware and some have had it removed - but in your situation that cannot be the case . My op was through my back and has been suggested that the muscles and tendons cut to access the site and sewn up afterwards - need to get blood flow and working before numbness stops -?
Would be grateful for any comments/ suggestions on this
On another note to all you sufferers of pain in buttocks - resulting in shooting pain down leg - could well be the nerve that travels from back to the legs though the buttocks is getting squeezed by muscles in your buttocks. Even though they get us on our feet within 3/4 days of op - muscle tone is lost very quickly - they all need to be gently stretched every day - I also use small hand massage ball on any muscular pain to break it down and get circulation to pain area to take away toxins - it hurts but over time the pain lessens and muscles are not so knotted
Before op couldn't walk for more than 5mins - am better but haven't given up on getting a full recovery - feel that gentle stretching - walking and swimming will hopefully get me back to normal in another 6-12 months - wishing you all a very speedy and painless recovery
Ellie

Chippenham, UK

#111 May 19, 2013
Bob from NY wrote:
I just had spinal fusion from the front and back.Mostly everything seems to have gone well.the only major problem I seem to have is extreem leg pain that keeps me from getting any sleep.Any and all help would be appreciated!!! My surgery is almost4 weeks new. God bless to you all!!!!
I had similar pain after my op in October 2012 - before the op had very bad sciatica due to trapped nerve and herniated disc - if you feel your leg you may find 'knots' in the muscles - need to break this down with fingers or small massage ball - it hurts but eventually you break down the knots and get the circulation going to area to remove toxins in the muscle where the pain is. I had pain in both legs and buttocks - took just over a week of regular massage before pain broken down. Good luck - hope this works for you .
Emma P

Crawley, UK

#112 May 19, 2013
UPDATE:
So I have seen my surgeon and the MRI does not show any more problematic discs.
He has basically disowned me.....he said there is nothing more he can do for me and that I am just one of the unfortunate ones that is left with pain.
So, I went to my doctor requesting a second opinion and he has referred me to a Neurological Center to see if they ca help me.
He also said he thinks I have fibromyalgia but does not want to diagnose me as it could cause problems in the future with health insurance and trying to get work.
I am really disappointed with the poor excuses he has given me but hopeful that the Neuro Center will be able to help xx
Happy fusion girl

Paso Robles, CA

#114 Jul 2, 2013
I had L4/L5 S1 April 5,2013. I am so pleased with the results 3 months later! It took awhile to get where I am. The first month was rough but my surgeon told me not to give up. Before my surgery, I could hardly walk without having horrible spasms. I was scared to have the surgery but I trusted my surgeon and he told me I will feel so much better! And I do! Spasms are gone. I do get some aches and pains but usually from over doing it. But I can live with a little discomfort. It was hell before my surgery. I have gotten my life back ! Don't listen to all those horror stories! Ask your medical doctors who is the best back surgeon!
Mama

Gilbert, AZ

#116 Jul 16, 2013
Annie wrote:
I had spinal fusion and hardware installed to correct scoliosis, clear stenosis, etc, 5 weeks ago. Front abdomin and spinal incision from T5 - all the way down. I am wearing a clamshell brace 23.5 hours a day. The brace is a bummer! Last few days Ive felt some numbness in feet. Any clues for how to put up with the g.d. brace? I try to talk lovingly to my brace since it's going to be with me for 3 months...
I had a T-5 thru S-1 fusion 6 months ago. My surgen didnt recommend a brace because ( your muscles get weaker, because it depends on The brace for support, instead of your muscles). Talk to your Dr. After surgery I had therapy for 6 months. I couldn't walk at first. I was in a wheel chair, then a walker, a cane and now I can walk without any help. Somedays I fell like I haven't progressed much. But I just. Have to look Back to see how far I have come. Anyone in back pain (I was for 11 yrs. before anyone did anything) have it done. Anything is better than the pain your in now! I have numbness in my legs (hoping it will go away with time) I know it will take over a year befor nerves regenerate, with the damage I had. So good luck to you all .
mike

Dothan, AL

#117 Jul 20, 2013
I have had 2 surgery on lower back last was a fusion on s1. It has been almost a year and pain is awful at the point I can't take it no more. I have gone to many doctors all saying it looks good but few say its arthritis and nerve damage any suggestions on what I could do I don't want pain meds as recommended are there any other options
Susan NC

Wilson, NC

#118 Aug 3, 2013
Had fusion on my lower back L 2 3 4 5 and 6...5 bulging herniated discs, after surg. had blood clot in lung, BP went seriously low and kidneys began to fail, was in deep trouble but docs were able to revive me. Istayed in hosp. 10 days rather than 3. It has been 6 mos. and I still feel the hardware when I sit or lie down, Drs. have checked and say it looks ok. Should I still be feeling the hardware. Also I have neuropathy in both lower legs and feet. Will this go away? I take a Lortab and 2/ 200mg. Motrin twice a. Day and it just keeps the pain at bay. Physical Therapy has made it worse. Aquatics help some. Lots of pain in knees and feet. Any suggestions?
rudy

Oakhurst, NJ

#119 Sep 4, 2013
1 year post op after second lumbar surgery still in pain had spinal cord stimulator put in to try to decrease my pain been nothing but trouble .dr said I have more problems rite above where he did the revision surgery don't no what to do he had said when he takes bone growth stimulator out in October he can do a laminectomy on me while he is in there ps don't no what to do how far do you go once he does that is it like a dominoe effect then another 1 will go bad .this was a nitemare and still is anyone that can give me some guidance would appreciate it ps had l4l5l5s1 revision of fusion surgery with implanted bone growth stimulator and a spinal cord stimulator
Debbie S Tutela

Lady Lake, FL

#120 Sep 10, 2013
I had a major fusion, L1-S1 at The Mayo Clinic in FL on May 24 of this year. I am experiencing an extremely similar pain!! I didn't question what it is, but I see the Dr. This Friday. if he can tell me, I'll let you know.
Bee wrote:
This is my first posting here, and just wondering if you can help. I had a fusion L4 L5 L5 S1 in May. I have this awful unbearable pressure/knot feeling in my lower back. It is unbearable some days and I just have to lye down after a few hours up most days with it. I am wondering if anyone can help, I have spoken to my neuro about it and he doesnt know what is causing it.
Debbie S Tutela

Lady Lake, FL

#121 Sep 10, 2013
I had to have a multi level (L2-S1) fusion on May 24th of this year in an attempt to stabilize my spine. I am experiencing severe pressure across the sacral area of my back. The pain from that, whatever it is, combined with the excruciating "nail pounding through my knee" sensation & top of my foot on fire, is beating me down. The doctor said that the nerve regenerating pain may result in the nerve not healing normally. Has anyone else experienced this?
Kristy Allen

United States

#122 Sep 11, 2013
I had an anterior/posterior lumbar fusion on May 16th and I get so depressed and frustrated because I am still having lower back pain. It feels like I am laying on rocks or bricks in two particular spots on my back, as well as the burning sensation. I thought I would be so much better by now. I had to quit my job and haven't been able to go back to work yet. I haven't started physical therapy yet. I am only 34. My next appointment with my doctor is October 28. Someone please tell me that it gets better. All I can do is walk, walk, walk, and lay in bed. It's so depressing. I want my life back!
Debbie S Tutela wrote:
I had to have a multi level (L2-S1) fusion on May 24th of this year in an attempt to stabilize my spine. I am experiencing severe pressure across the sacral area of my back. The pain from that, whatever it is, combined with the excruciating "nail pounding through my knee" sensation & top of my foot on fire, is beating me down. The doctor said that the nerve regenerating pain may result in the nerve not healing normally. Has anyone else experienced this?
Gary

Indio, CA

#123 Oct 7, 2013
I just got out the hospital 3days ago been one week since my spinal fusion surgery L4 L5. I also have a mild drop foot in my right foot. I'm a 38 year old father of 5, sole provider for my family now worried shitless if this is going to work or not. I work for a huge railroad ill just say on the west coast and am worried if I will be fit enought go back swinging a spike maul or digging out track (roughneck) work.I have been experiencing sharp stabbing pains in my right lower buttcheek if I bend or move wrong also lil burning sensations on my left thigh. I just don't know what to expect so any info will be helpful. Here's the kicker working for a railroad you forfeit your state disability pay and take on the RRB (Railroad Retirement Board) which sadly only pays $65 a day for 5 day work week and gets taxed. So you see ill take all info, suggestions, diets, exercise, whatever into great consideration. Desperate
LindaS

Havelock, NC

#124 Oct 14, 2013
I stumbled on this page also....does anyone know about nerve healing? I had a large spinal fusion....lumbar (all ) to thoracic 1 to prevent future problems..had spondy, severe stenosis and soliosis..am 67 and otherwise in good health. It has been 10 weeks since surgery...biggest complaint is a fuzzy feeling in face,chest, top of arms and legs....is this nerve healing? is it normal? I also have some excessive salivation? Anyone heard of anything like that?
Sandy

Middletown, OH

#125 Dec 11, 2013
With a total of 3 surgeries over the last 4 years, I now have fusions from t-10 through s-1. My doctor used a new brace called the California brace for my last surgery. It was all elastic instead of the hard shell. I recovered much more smoothly. From the 2nd to the 3rd surgery, I had what was termed "chronic sacroileitis" but I think was really symptoms from the L-5 & S-1. Since the third surgery, 1 year ago, I now have aching in my buttocks and some weakness in my left leg which is being treated by physical therapy. Don't listen to the horror stories, everyone is different and responds differently. My only real problem was that I was given Dilaudid for pain for my 3rd surgery and had hallucinations. Was in hospital 7 days instead of 2 like before. I had not had Dilaudid before. Don't go into surgery expecting everything to be hunky dory. Life just doesn't work that way. Just decide what you will be comfortable with - the pain you have now or the pain you might not have after surgery.
Nic

Sidney, MT

#129 Jan 12, 2014
I've had a spinal fusion L1 to L5 10 weeks ago and it feels if I'm getting stiffer day by day! Pain is gone but stiffness is really bad

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