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

Winnetka, CA

#130 Jan 20, 2014
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.
Response to Bee:
I am 6 months after L5/S1 fusion -- I have the same feeling still! The tightness is often unbearable and I have tried to explain to my surgeon as well that I am so frustrated with trying to determine when this feeling will be gone. I try to do some form of exercise everyday - mostly just walking and some water therapy. If anyone has comments, I would love to hear. Hang in there, Bee.
Lee

Winnetka, CA

#131 Jan 20, 2014
I am 6 months after L5/S1 fusion -- I have the same feeling still! The tightness is often unbearable and I have tried to explain to my surgeon as well that I am so frustrated with trying to determine when this feeling will be gone. I try to do some form of exercise everyday - mostly just walking and some water therapy. If anyone has comments, I would love to hear. Hang in there, Bee.
Ammo

Winston Hills, Australia

#132 Jan 27, 2014
Hi
This is my first time with anything like this.
Wondering if anyone can give me any idea re pain control ect after surgery.
I am 45 yo female and was extremely fit and active person,and normally handle pain well without need for much pain relief.
I have had t8 t9 fused also nerve clearance done as well.
I am now day 16 & really struggling to control the pain.
I had a lot of trouble immediately after surgery getting it under control but by day 6 was manageable albeit on a lot of pain medication. My surgeon wasn't / isn't concerned and just tells me to keep walking.
Since I live on my own & don't have a lot of support as I recently moved interstate for work,I was sent to rehab for 1 to 2 weeks.
My concern is the amount of continuing pain I am in,I am currently on a 3 day fentonyle patch,tramadol 200mg slow release twice a day, lyrica 75mg twice a day, endone as needed up to 40mg a day,plus panadol as need up to 8 a day.This is only just making it manageable. I also am having trouble with low blood pressure since surgery, which caused me to get dizzy and fall whilst having a shower which hasn't helped my pain any.
Should I be concerned or is this normal. My phisio says I am doing ok, as does the rehab Dr, but then they say that I should be doing better on the pain meds I am on.
So I have no idea and am starting to get concerned.
Julie

Coolbinia, Australia

#133 Jan 31, 2014
Hi, I had surgery in April 2013 after suffering months of the most horrendous pain extending from my lower back down through to my right foot, I was unable to walk more than 5 steps without being in agony and was on many different medications that left me feeling so tired and unable to function that I couldn't work. However I had no choice but to take the meds or I would have been in even worse pain. The surgery was successful and I had very little pain which I was so happy with (due to my fantastic surgeon). He has given me back my life, I honestly felt I would never walk or work again.

I recently started getting small spasms in my back at site of incision and a little bit of nerve pain, I have just been on a holiday where we did a fair bit of walking and also I had no choice but to pull a suitcase behind me (not for long distances tho) and am wondering if it is just a reaction to what I have done as I have not really pushed my back before, just done regular walking.

Am due to go for follow up scan soon anyway but just wondering if it is my back telling me to take it a bit easier, should I be worried I have damaged anything relating to surgery.

Thanks for reading guys.
Linda

Havelock, NC

#134 Feb 1, 2014
A lot of that pain and burning in your feet is probably neuropathy....Lyrica helps me a great deal with that....had neuropathy in my feet before a huge surgey (2 11 rods and 16 screws) and then it got worse but as I am healing it is getting better....as my doctor says...everyone heals differently so hard to tell what is going on...I have no cages and am 6 months post op now and know it will take another 6 months at least and probably longer but my spinal stenosis was so bad it crushed all my nerves and left my legs numb off and on most of the time....I could picture a wheel chair coming in my future.....the surgery fixed my legs....they are strong and not numb and I believe eventually it will be the best thing I ever did...by the way...am 67 and had serious back pain since I was in my 40's......
Linda

Havelock, NC

#135 Feb 1, 2014
Julie wrote:
Hi, I had surgery in April 2013 after suffering months of the most horrendous pain extending from my lower back down through to my right foot, I was unable to walk more than 5 steps without being in agony and was on many different medications that left me feeling so tired and unable to function that I couldn't work. However I had no choice but to take the meds or I would have been in even worse pain. The surgery was successful and I had very little pain which I was so happy with (due to my fantastic surgeon). He has given me back my life, I honestly felt I would never walk or work again.
I recently started getting small spasms in my back at site of incision and a little bit of nerve pain, I have just been on a holiday where we did a fair bit of walking and also I had no choice but to pull a suitcase behind me (not for long distances tho) and am wondering if it is just a reaction to what I have done as I have not really pushed my back before, just done regular walking.
Am due to go for follow up scan soon anyway but just wondering if it is my back telling me to take it a bit easier, should I be worried I have damaged anything relating to surgery.
Thanks for reading guys.
Seems like a short time after surgery for pain to be gone and sounds like your pain meds are not strong enough.....what about vicodin? I had Percocet and then Vicodin and now have just anaprox mostly but I am 6 months post op....don't let the pain get ahead of you.....
Sylvia

Greensboro, NC

#136 Feb 2, 2014
I had a spinal fusion 2 weeks ago L 4& 5. Oxycodone helps with the pain, but keeps me awake all night. Started just taking Advil, then read that I should not take it because it would slow Down the healing of the fusion.

Not sure if I should still be in so much pain after 2 weeks.

Anyone else have any encouraging words!
Linda

Havelock, NC

#137 Feb 2, 2014
Anaprox pescrption....My doctor also ordered a device for me to lean against that has electromagnetic fields proven by most doctors to help bone growth...2 hours a day......I think two weeks isn't a very long time....I would expect bad pain for longer than that. My doctor tells me that it takes several weeks just to recovery from the surgery......
Sam

Dublin, Ireland

#138 Feb 24, 2014
I had l5s1 removed one week ago, I've been doing ok until tonight. I stopped taking all my meds as they don't work a few days ago, I woke up an hour ago with a feeling going down my RL like the nerve is going to snap, I'm really worried as I'm getting married in 8 weeks, any advice for me as what to do, has anyone had the same symptoms after the same surgery and is this normal??
Thanks
Danielle

Dallas, TX

#139 Feb 24, 2014
I am 7 months post op from a 4 lumbar fusion....360 is what they call it
L2-L3
L3-L4
L4L5
L5-S1
It has been really slow going but I am still experiencing pain on the left side which is where I had all the pain before the surgery. A wheel chair was in my future if I did not get this done. So now I am going to have a Caudel Epidural to see if that helps ... One can only hope. My feet are still numb but are getting better. I went back to work about 6 weeks after the surgery but I own my own company so I could go in and then leave when I thought I was going to die. My feet are so sensitive to anything I can't stand to walk on the grass or bare foot on payment, they tell me that my feet are that way because I had so much nerve damage that I have to reintroduce my feet to different textures. Ok? But really I am thankful ... It is better than rolling around on 2 wheels. I really think the misconception is how long it takes to get over this, I have been told give it a year to 18 months to really get passed it. Ok? But it is baby steps and I am looking forward to being pain free and really start doing things that are not just coming home and getting on a heating pad with the help of pain meds. It is a rough surgery 9 hours under then a week in the hospital and then 2 weeks on Rehab.... But here I am and giving God the thanks for really a good recovery. I had a pretty good Dr too. Well they say he is the best in the nation so pretty happy about that.
Danielle

Dallas, TX

#140 Feb 24, 2014
Sam.... I have those too. It hurts ... But it is just part of it. I still have it. They will tell you it is kinda a good thing because the nerves are firing which is good. Hot showers help me. Along with the nerve medicine like Lyrica but it does have a side effect of swelling of the feet. I stopped taking it for that reason ,... My feet swell on their own and this made it worse. So now I just deal with it and take the pain meds.
fmk61

Tinley Park, IL

#141 Mar 3, 2014
Danielle wrote:
I am 7 months post op from a 4 lumbar fusion....360 is what they call it
L2-L3
L3-L4
L4L5
L5-S1
It has been really slow going but I am still experiencing pain on the left side which is where I had all the pain before the surgery. A wheel chair was in my future if I did not get this done. So now I am going to have a Caudel Epidural to see if that helps ... One can only hope. My feet are still numb but are getting better. I went back to work about 6 weeks after the surgery but I own my own company so I could go in and then leave when I thought I was going to die. My feet are so sensitive to anything I can't stand to walk on the grass or bare foot on payment, they tell me that my feet are that way because I had so much nerve damage that I have to reintroduce my feet to different textures. Ok? But really I am thankful ... It is better than rolling around on 2 wheels. I really think the misconception is how long it takes to get over this, I have been told give it a year to 18 months to really get passed it. Ok? But it is baby steps and I am looking forward to being pain free and really start doing things that are not just coming home and getting on a heating pad with the help of pain meds. It is a rough surgery 9 hours under then a week in the hospital and then 2 weeks on Rehab.... But here I am and giving God the thanks for really a good recovery. I had a pretty good Dr too. Well they say he is the best in the nation so pretty happy about that.
good luck
jerome

Cape Town, South Africa

#142 Mar 16, 2014
Joanne Ocala Fl wrote:
Had l5/s1 spinal fusion on 4/21/10.I"m having lower back pain by coccyx.Is this from the hardware? Pain medication doesn"t relieve this pain.Any suggestions.
have you tried the tens machine?
mike

Houston, TX

#143 Mar 21, 2014
If anyone here close san Antonio tx see Dr cyr was in much pain from l4-l-5 fuse saw him i needed fuse from t10-s1 takes his time surgery was 12 hrs two days he is mayo clinic trained long surgery soon as woke up pain was gone
faye

Logan, WV

#144 Mar 29, 2014
I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but here it is, I had spinal fusion at l4 l5 2 years ago , have had quite a bit of pain since I had the surgery, been waiting for it to heal... but a couple months ago I started having pain in the middle of my back radiating to the right side and into my hip, I also cant stand up straight for more than 10 minutes the pain just keeps getting stronger, its making my life unbearable, also I had to have shots in my sciatic nerve for pain in my buttock and leg, the shots helped that part, but this thing is driving me crazy, I have an apt with my surgeon on the 31st , hopefully he can see something on the xray that he can fix
amy gimperleg

Wolcott, CT

#145 Apr 7, 2014
so i had discectomy oct 2012 on L5 and then feb 2013 i had discectomy S1, neither resulted in my right leg feeling any better so i went for a second opinion and was told go for fusion, well went for fusion in nov 2013 and now its 4 months later and my leg is still so bad! all the dr tells me to do is wait, im so sick of waiting and dealing with this leg! i went for 6 weeks of pool therapy and that didnt really help seeing how i cant even walk correctly or lift my foot off the ground. can someone please tell me theres still hope for my leg please???
My name is Vivian florida

Miami, FL

#146 Apr 18, 2014
I had laminectomy fusion in L4L5S1. Sugery on february 11 this year 2014. I am in my 9 weeks , i am improving but my rigth leg ass beam very weak , the pain tha t i had before sugery in my left leg was stop rigth after surgery , my dr said the he dint not toch my rigth side of my spine but my leg is weak and i have pain my hipts rigth side on lower back i can walk no more the 40 second and i have brurning pain behad my legs i feal that i am stiff , and i am doing terapy 3 times a week i can stop taking medication because the pain is terrable . My dr dit a MRI again he said nothing is wrong , please can any body tell me if this part of process healing our what ? Thank you .
John hall

Minneapolis, MN

#147 Apr 22, 2014
Hi, I just read your story, same situation I'm dealing with. Are you feeling better, I would like to talk.
gina in nc wrote:
I had a spinal decompression with fusion on L4-L5 in January 2010. The first couple months were pain free. Now I am in constant pain from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed (and that is after I dope myself up with narcotics, and ambien to put me to sleep). I lay in bed and I'm constantly moving from side to side because if I lay on my right side it goes numb in about 15 minutes, so I turn on my left side until it goes numb so I turn back to the right. This goes on everynight until I finally go to sleep. I am seriously thinking about having my harware taken out (2 rods 6 screws). I hurt so bad every single day, I am only 43, but I swear I may not make it to 45 if I can't get this pain to stop. I have no life...I can't live like this any longer. My back feels like someone has it in a vice and now my pain is going down both my legs making my feet go numb..Does anybody has any advice for me?? I wake up mad at the world most of the time, and I am a very easy, laid back lady....I refuse to live the rest of my life in this condition...I wake up pop 2 percocet 10's, by 12:00 I'm popping 2 more, by 4 2 more and it just keeps going and going....I am so sick of taking narcotics.....please, please, help me if you can..thank you for any information you can give me.
Jess

Pacific Grove, CA

#149 May 8, 2014
I am a 25 yr old female and I had my spine fused (c5-L5) about 9 months ago. I was feeling much better, as far as pain and discomfort levels were concerned, up until the last week. I am now experiencing pain in my lower back and simple tasks are now becoming difficult. Just wondering if anyone else experiences a rollercoaster type of healing post-op?
Pete

Staten Island, NY

#150 May 14, 2014
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.

I had an l4 l5 fusion about 5 weeks ago and I'm experiencing the same debilitating pressure in my lower back after standing or sitting for about an hour. The only relief is when I lie down. I'm hoping this will improve and am very concerned about my long term prognosis. If anyone has any suggestions or advice, I'd be grateful.

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