spinal fusion after effects
Betty

Monroe, MI

#288 Mar 31, 2013
I had back sugary in nov of 2012 and I'm in so much pain I woke up one morning I felt like a needle was stabibing me in my hipp I just want to know if this is ever going to get better. I'm in so much pain I don't want to move. Anyone else have this ?
Louise

UK

#289 Apr 12, 2013
I had a discectomy back in January 2009 on half my disk was shaved. Now I have been in constant pain n still have numbness In my saddle area. I have been suffering over 2years with numbness at the back ov my head, my neck is agony which is causing my right arm feel heavy n find it hard to lift anything such as a kettle, my doctor has told me I have thinning ov the dura which protects my spinal cord. Am on a lot ov medication but doesn't seem to b helping. Can anyone relate to this and is there anything else that can b done. X
Louise

UK

#290 Apr 12, 2013
Forgot to say I get pins n needles in both arms n legs which come n go. X
Twaustralia

Sydney, Australia

#291 Apr 17, 2013
I had a spinal fusion with rods and screws that goes from my lower back all the way to the top of my shoulder blades (I don't know the technical terminology, or the L things ) when I was 16. The operation was not a success, the top "hooks" slipped out 2 months later and they were sticking out. It was probably the most horrific moment in my life. I had to be re-operated on. I now have PTSD and constant anxiety about it, not to mention the pain. It's such a restricting thing on your life, I don't work because every job I've ever gotten ends up too much on my back. It's so depressing. Also every time the pain is worse than usual or I get a numb arm/toes ect I go into a panic. I haven't seen my specialist in years and I'm much to anxious to face it as I am so afraid of what they might tell me. Either I might have to be operated on again, or worse, they will tell me there is nothing they can do and it's in my head. My pain medication is extremely ineffective and they won't prescribe me anything heavy because I'm young and they don't want me addicted. As far as my PSTD and depression/anxiety I have been passed from councillor to therapist and nothing has really been addressed or treated. I feel lost, lonely and in extremely pain. I feel hopeless
Twaustralia

Sydney, Australia

#292 Apr 17, 2013
Juli wrote:
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Your numbness could be nerve damage. I have that too, it slowly developed over the years until last summer it became severe. It tingles, burns, numbs, from the calf to my toes. My surgery was in 2009, L5-S1... Ever since I been downhill with migranes, stomach pains, joint stiffness... It goes on. After numerous MRI's & CT-Scans with many different specialists, my primary physician had an epiphany to send me to a stand up MRI. Voilá! I now have the answer to my miserable pain: L1/2, L3/4 discs are bulging, as well as T11. I also have a small benign HEMAGIOMA located at L2.
Amazing. Prior to the fusion, it was just a herniated disc. Now my spine is slowly beeing tortured.....:-/
I have stomach pain and migraines as well never related it to my back.! Just thought it was more bad luck. My main numbness comes from my toes but I also get arm numbness tingles ect. I wish someone had told me about these forums before I got my op done. I feel for you and your struggles. It is good to read through here though and see that I am not alone in this.
Jean

Milwaukee, WI

#293 Apr 28, 2013
I had c3-7 fused in August 2012. Since January I get a weird feeling under my shoulder blade Like I hit my funny bone. Now I get the same feeling starting in the back of my head radiating through out my entire head. Don't know why and it is horrible. Any ideas on why this is happening. I do plan to talk to my doctor on the next visit, but just wondered if anyone else has these symptoms.
TLJ

Louisville, KY

#294 May 28, 2013
We are all disappointed with the outcome of our surgery. We all had high hopes going into surgery thinking we could lead a pain-free life but we ended up being the small percentage of failed surgeries (whatever they want to call it). In my case they fixed the break and xray/mri show it has healed accordingly. however, you can't see pain on an mri! my surgeon was supposed to be "the best guy in jersey!" i think everybody i speak to knows the best guy though. everybody is different with regards to back surgery. everybodies anatomy is somewhat different and we all heal differently. if anybody could drop a doctor's name that they have had any relief please post it. i'm going to try pain management but refuse to take the narcotics and/or habit forming meds. i refuse to live a life on pills. i was hoping surgery would fix the pain ... just made it much worse. please let us know if there are any doctors out there that actually care and try to fix the problem and not treat the pain.
I realize I live farther away in Louisville, Ky but I can't say enough wonderful things about my doctors at the Leatherman Spine Institute Dr. Charles Crawford III (did spinal fusion) and Dr. Roque (neurologist). I am 36 years old and had spinal fusion surgery for a crushed sciatic nerve 10 months ago and have been able to get back to a fairly normal life. There are days that my back is tired but those days become fewer and farther between. I went back to work 4 weeks after surgery (only because I had to) but it helped me stay mobile. I took it extremely slow and in my job I was able to take frequent breaks to lye down but don't recommend it for everyone. By 8 weeks post op I was able to make it through the work days with no breaks and just rested on the couch for evenings. By six months I really didn't have many complaints and just when I think this is as good as I will get it gets better. I know I have felt that despair in the beginning when I did t think the nerve pain would stop and I had terrible thoughts. I was glad I waited it out and kept to keeping my body active with light walking. I can remember the worst and so I know how much better I am now.
I'm not usually someone that would say anything but I feel so lucky to have found these doctors who are good at their job and with their patients.
I should lso say that I was on this site because I recently was involved in a car accident and was hit from behind at 60 miles an hour with me sitting still and since then have dealt with some returning dull nerve pain. I am thinking it will be fine and just needs time to calm down but waiting to be scheduled for an MRI. Drs think I should be fused enough that it wouldn't hurt me but I haven't had any nerve issues in 5-6 months so we shall see. I will hope to give an update. Just taking ibuprophen when pain pops up.
Gem81

UK

#295 Jun 25, 2013
Hi, I had spinal realignment and L5/S1 fusion in Nov 2012. Prior to the surgery I was unable to walk without a frame after suffering with spondylolithesis, pars defect, stenosis and two bulging discs. Although I have definitely improved I am experiencing really bad hip pain and spasms/cramp in my groins & hips. My neurosurgeon thinks it could be my facet joints or bursitis but nothing showed up on my last xray/ MRI scan. I feel for all of you who are suffering with horrendous back pain!

Gem
Tamara

Gemmerich, Germany

#296 Jun 27, 2013
please check out this.... I have a spinal cord stimulator. .after having pain for years. .it works wonders
Nancy going mad

Elgin, IL

#297 Jun 28, 2013
Oldmarrieddude wrote:
Broke my back 2 years ago, L3 Burst fracture. The Surgeon said that a fusion would be best for this type of break and would cut my healing time in half. Well its 2 years later, I'm in constant pain, my lower legs get pins and needles. pain radiates up my pack into my shoulders. Heat doesn't help, cold hurts. I can walk for 10-15 min before I'm in a ridiculous amount of pain, Physical therapy just put me in the ER from the pain. Dr will not increase my pain meds even when asked to by my therapist. I new Id never be able to go back to heavy physical work, but i cant even sit in an office chair for 10 min without being near tears from the pain.
I, too, had burst fracture but at T11. I waited 8 months for natural healing then back unstable and had 5 level spinal fusion. Now after my surgeon told me screws/rod perfect and I complained of horrific contuing pain my SS atty told me that I need to have another doctor opinion as my xray showed body rejecting. I did so and learned I have pseudo arthrosis and will have to have ALL the hardware removed but they have to wait until rods break. I too have PTSD. Feels like doom waiting around corner. I sympathize with you. I had another surgery before my burst fracture at L5S1 with artificial disc where just about it I just had L4 slipped disc with more horrific pain. They cannot do anything for newly slipped disc as it is just under my fusion. It is causing a lot of sciatic pain. I am tired of everyone saying things will get better and it never does.
stacie

United States

#298 Jun 29, 2013
I feel so bad for all of you not feeling better after your fusions. I to live in pain everyday of my life. I had my L5 S1 fused also a fusion in my neck. My neck is about 70% healed as of today my back fusion was o idk about 8 or 9 years ago. My lower fusion hurts all the time all it did was take the nerve pain out of my leg. I dont think i could have handled the sciatic pain one more day. So for that i am great full. However i sure wish my back didnt hurt every day. I feel my neck is getting better better. I dont have as good motion as i used to but there again the nerve pain down my arm is for the most part gone. My neck still hurts though. So although the surgeries i have had worked for me in some areas they have not worked so well in others. I to walk with a cane lots of times and use a tens unit. It is very hard to get medication on account of they always think your abusing it or selling it wich is not the case. Best wishes to all of you.
tooyoungforthis

Orange Park, FL

#300 Aug 12, 2013
I'm a 47 yr. old grandmother. I had spinal fusion of the L5S1 in April of 08. Though I feel like the surgery has made my life bearable in many ways (for over a year I slept in a recliner and couldn't stand or sit for more than 5 min.) But in so many ways I'll never be close to the person I was. I worked an industrial mill operator position I had to give up. The most frustrating thing I've endured is trying to have my pain treated! I have a high pain tolerance and never had to take anything stronger than lortab after recuperating from surgery. However, I've been treated like a junky and have since spent the last few years suffering because of the negative attitudes toward pain relieving medication. I now have problems with both of my feet. A bunion on one and tendonitis for "no reason" in the other..needless to say I'm getting fatter by the day from not being able to be physically active..Is anyone else out there experiencing foot trouble since spinal surgery??
Jackson

Calgary, Canada

#301 Aug 19, 2013
Anonymous child wrote:
hey everyone...i am only 14 years old and i am about to have a SPinal Fusion starting from L4..so i guess it is pretty serious.
Umm..i was just wondering if it is really painful because i am a child and i am a really active person but i think the operation is going to weigh me down and i won't be able to do much anymore. It is making me really upset and i am soooo worried about the operation being unsuccessful.
Advice anyone?
NO NEED TO WORRY, as long as you have a good surgeon who knows what he is doing you will be just fine. Im 18 years old and had my spinal fusion 4 months ago, I had 12 vertabrae fused together and 2 rods and 12 screws and 2 hooks.$ months after I am feeling great, still not 100% and muscles do get a little tired and sore but my surgeon told me in 6 more months ill be back doing all my regular sports, hockey and snowboarding without a problem. The trick is to just take it easy at the start to make sure everything fuses properly and dont do any heavy lifting or twisting. the first 2-3 weeks are a little uncomfortable and your not able to do a whole lot but your body heals much quicker than you imagine especially at such a oyung age, GOOD luck in your surgery and I hope your recovery is speedy and successful.
wilbert

United States

#302 Sep 1, 2013
Are there any positive reviews.
wilbert

United States

#303 Sep 1, 2013
tooyoungforthis wrote:
I'm a 47 yr. old grandmother. I had spinal fusion of the L5S1 in April of 08. Though I feel like the surgery has made my life bearable in many ways (for over a year I slept in a recliner and couldn't stand or sit for more than 5 min.) But in so many ways I'll never be close to the person I was. I worked an industrial mill operator position I had to give up. The most frustrating thing I've endured is trying to have my pain treated! I have a high pain tolerance and never had to take anything stronger than lortab after recuperating from surgery. However, I've been treated like a junky and have since spent the last few years suffering because of the negative attitudes toward pain relieving medication. I now have problems with both of my feet. A bunion on one and tendonitis for "no reason" in the other..needless to say I'm getting fatter by the day from not being able to be physically active..Is anyone else out there experiencing foot trouble since spinal surgery??
after 6 weeks. After fusion l2 -l5 surgery my. right. Foot is soooo. Num - the pain in the evenings is excruciating. More hydro another day. Pleease get better soon.
Susan

Amityville, NY

#304 Oct 2, 2013
tooyoungforthis wrote:
I'm a 47 yr. old grandmother. I had spinal fusion of the L5S1 in April of 08. Though I feel like the surgery has made my life bearable in many ways (for over a year I slept in a recliner and couldn't stand or sit for more than 5 min.) But in so many ways I'll never be close to the person I was. I worked an industrial mill operator position I had to give up. The most frustrating thing I've endured is trying to have my pain treated! I have a high pain tolerance and never had to take anything stronger than lortab after recuperating from surgery. However, I've been treated like a junky and have since spent the last few years suffering because of the negative attitudes toward pain relieving medication. I now have problems with both of my feet. A bunion on one and tendonitis for "no reason" in the other..needless to say I'm getting fatter by the day from not being able to be physically active..Is anyone else out there experiencing foot trouble since spinal surgery??
I had 4 back surgeries in 5 years. My last was in 2/2010. I am fused from T10-L5/S1. It started off with a fusion at L4-L5, then L3-L5, then the big surgery at T10-L5. My final was a revision at T10 (loose screw), and fusion at L5/S1 because I fractured S1. Though I am happy that the excruciating pain is gone, I deal with other pain that is debilitating day in and day out. Can't sleep on my back (after surgeries I scream in pain), tremendous pain from waist down. My legs are not straight, I walk bent forward, and my feet are a mess. I have had numerous surgeries on my feet to correct bunions that were done 11 years ago and were fine until my back issues started. Then my toes started to separate. Long story short.....I have 8 screws in my right foot with 2 plates, fused toes. My foot went totally flat. I have so much pain in my ankle, and because everything is out of whack, I can't walk far. I'm in a wheelchair for walking distances longer than a block. I have had 25 orthopedic surgeries, everything from shoulder to feet,(including 2 knee replacements). I have issues with my neck, and my hands are in pain and have nerve issues....numbing, needles. I have been told that I have Ligament Laxity, which is a condition where the ligaments and muscles just aren't doing the job of holding the joints together. It makes sense. You may think I am an orthopedic junky, but I'm not. I have been to those docs that when they see what I have had done, they feel that they know it all and say that if I would of seen them first you would not have had these surgeries. Bullcrap. They have no idea what I have been through or my suffering. I can't wait to exit there office because my first visit was my last. When I see the back drs. they say my pain is my hips/knees or feet. When I see the knee doc and the foot doc they say it's the back. No one wants to nail where it's coming from. Well I can. I can feel it, I know where it's coming from, and I can see the results of what my body is turning into. Damaged nerves and a combination of issues all relating to the back. The back is the infrastructure of your body. Everything stems out from the back. Think about it....when there is a problem with the walls of a building, it has to be secured so it won't fall over....The same with your back. I do firmly believe that my feet issues have stemmed from the back. It's just a vicious circle. One other thing......I had a DVT and Pulmonary Embolism after my last surgery. I'm lucky to be alive. For those that are facing surgery in the future, you should make sure that you take blood thinners for the first several months......I didn't know, and it was a wake up call to my docs. And a sad note...I blew off the back of my knee replacement (first in history, again laxity issues), and my roommate that had just had a replacement got up to walk for the first time....she dropped dead from a PE.....It a serious issue!!! I hope this helps you!
Michelle Coetzee - South

Kingsburgh, South Africa

#305 Nov 4, 2013
My husband had a Rhizotomy, 2 spinal fusions and Proshetic implants twice. The second fusion was done because the rods did not attatch and one rod broke.The second fusion and the implants were done by another Dr. He takes so many pain killers that he starts throwing up blood because his stomach lining gets damaged. His left leg is so week, he can push a needle 1cm into his leg without feeling it. when he drives his leg suddenly goes totaly numb for a while. There are days that he can hardly walk.He has been asked to go off medically unfit from the South African Poloce Force as he cannot sit,stand or walk for to long. Is there a possibility that he is busy going paralysed?
Back surgery x 3

Pickerington, OH

#306 Nov 11, 2013
I had L2 through L5 fusion and discectomy a year ago with no improvement. I had L5 through down to my coccyx fusion 10 weeks ago. Now I am still in pain with lots of pain medication and a spinal cord stimulator. I am improving very slowly with therapy but the pain is brutal. I worry that I will never get well enough to come off the pain medication. I have the motivation but I'm not sure my body is going to cooperate. I have days that I feel my life is over and this is just as good as it is going to be, pain 7-8 most of the day with medication. I going to try water therapy and see if that will be better the regular PT. I have nothing to loose. The last 4 years have been hell. I fell down 16 steps that started this thing. oa9
failed back surgery wrote:
i had a spinal fusion and discectomy at L3 just over a year ago. i no longer have the severe pain down my left leg but my lower back muscles are killing me 24/7. the pains shoots in my butt as if i'm being jabbed with a knife. i was an extremely advid weight lifter but now i'm limited to doing the meakest workouts (if many). when i push on my lower back muscles i see stars. it almost feels as if there is fluid on both sides of my lower back muscles. i refuse to take meds so i'm dealing with it naturally. my moods are always changing with the pain. I can't stand much, have a horrible time driving, can't bend much, can't get out of bed normally and have to throw my feet up to put socks/shoes on. my life has gotten so much worse since my surgery. depression because i use to be pretty active. can't really hold my newborn or play sports with my older son. the sad thing is my doctor said there's nothing else he can do. i was also told it was "failed back syndrome". i'm looking for a new doctor to try and find the problem and fix it (without meds). good to hear i'm not alone. it sucks!
Nigel B

Sydney, Australia

#307 Nov 12, 2013
I had L4 L5 S1 fusion and implants after a severe staph infection gave me osteomyelitis and discitis in the same area. L5 disk had disintegrated and caused a further slip. Post surgery I have no pain at all but some limited restrictions with bending ability. Having lived with chronic nerve and back pain for many months I'm finally pain free and on the mend. I had an excellent surgeon with a good outcome. Physio is now underway and I'm trying to regain some of the 15kg I lost over the final 8 weeks pre surgery. Some fusion can have a good result as in my case :-)
Scheli

Oregon House, CA

#308 Feb 14, 2014
I was never told anything about piercings and tattoo's after spinal fusion. Maybe it was different in 2002. I just had mine done December 23, 2013. I would assume since I have a couple tattoos and several piercings that this would have been brought up if it was a no no. If I find out different, I will edit or re-post.

I had C5 and C6 and C6 and C7 fused and cadaver bones put in between. I am in 90% less pain than I was prior to surgery. I have a whole different pain now. This one runs down my back along my spine, it feels like trying to move after being on the same position for a day or so. I have more energy and more ambition, don't get me wrong I am so happy I had the surgery, I was miserable before and wanted to rip my arm off from time to time. Nothing made the pain go away, and I just wished I would either lose all feeling all over or I could pull the painful spots off. As I said the pain is different. This pain aches, and throbs (Pre-surgery was stabs and gouges) curious if anyone else has or is experiencing this. If "had", how long til it goes away. The doctor said it depends on the person.. Granted I understand everyone is different, I wasn't expecting this.

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