spinal fusion after effects
Shawn p

United States

#165 Jun 14, 2011
Well I had a spinal fusion it will be 2 yrs this dec of l4 and l5 and pain wise I feel great but I have noticed some things in the bedroom seem to be off .I am wondering about nerve damage and curious if anybody else has noticed it .
TMM

United States

#166 Jun 23, 2011
The best back sureon ever is Dr. Joseph Grant of the Northern California Spine Institute in Pleasanton, CA. He is caring and follows through with everything.
failed back surgery wrote:
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.
Anonymous child

Glenwood, Australia

#167 Jul 12, 2011
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?
Clif

Hagerstown, MD

#168 Jul 12, 2011
Dr. John Caruso Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute, Hagerstown, MD. I had a fragmented disc in C6-7 and by the time I went to the ER because I couldnt take the pain in my neck/shoulder, I was at great risk of paralysis. Dr. Caruso removed the disc, put a plate on my spine until fusion. 6 months later I am still pain free and running, biking and swimming again. Outstanding Dr.
Molly

East New Market, MD

#169 Aug 6, 2011
I am 15 years old and had a spinal fusion of my L4, L5, and S1 in Dec. Of 2010. And since then, I have had servers nerve damage in my left foot called RSD. Amy change in temperature hurts and sends me into tears, sand hurts so bad that I had to leave the beach and any touch of any kind gives me extreme pain. I am also expierencing extreme back pain where my fusion is. I am in tears most of the time. I can not relax my back what so ever and I cannot sleep. At times, if I roll over, it feels and sounds likey back is cracking where my fusion is. All my doctors and both of my parents think it's all in my head and have recently told me that I'm crazy. Is anyone else going through this? I feel so alone right now
Molly

East New Market, MD

#170 Aug 6, 2011
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?
i had a spinal fusion on my L4, L5, and S1. There is more than a 50% chance in getting some type of nerve damage. my doctor did not tell me this. I am also having really bad back pain. It really does hurt and if you read my post, you will see what I am going through. I don't mean to worry you any more than I already am but I was in your position once and I think you deserve to know what happens to most people
Enough

Nappanee, IN

#171 Aug 27, 2011
I had mine in May 2010 and I am doing pretty good, I have some minor pain some days. But most days I am pain free. I went to Dr Beil in Indianapolis, IN. It was a long hard recovery. However I can honestly say now I am very glad I went through with it. 6 months ago I would have said I was very sorry I did it. Not everyone has the same experiences with it. Research your Doctor thoroughly. Do not be afraid to ask questions. I am sorry for those that have had bad experiences and have found themselves in worse or same pain my prayers go out to you. I pray mine does not come back, I do know though that it is possible. So i am enjoying what is here and now.
sandra

United States

#172 Aug 27, 2011
I am 51 I had the same L 1 L 5, 3 mons ago the pain in my back and left leg is very bad, unable to sit, stand, walk or sleep because of the pain. I've had almost every pain med there is and nothing is working. I am too old for another surgery. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Enough

Oak Park, IL

#173 Aug 28, 2011
I had the same type of pain at 2 1/2 to 3 months after surgery. It did subside, I hope it does for you to. My Doctor called it referred pain, whatever that means, I told him to refer it up his arse. I think it was from the nerve being compressed for so long and them waking up, so to speak, mine lasted for about 6-8 weeks. But I got up and walked despite the pain. I think the walking helped in the long run. But I didn't have a choice my husband was a truck driver at the time and I was home alone with my pets. I would have it checked out and make sure all is well. I did have it checked out and everything was as it should have been at the at that point in time.
Angebutt

Idaho Falls, ID

#174 Aug 31, 2011
I also had an S1 L5 spinal fusion 2years ago
I am in as much or more pain after I had a little girl 7months before my sugery I feel just as much pain if not more now as before I had to quit my job and was wheel chair bound 90% of the time I too have been jumping through hoops trying to get a doctor to hear me as a person not a pay check or a statistic or a whiner it is frustrating when you have a two year old that you need to beable to care and play with. I did pain pills for about two years 1999-2001 the vicadin stopped working so I stoped taking them worried about stronger things I deal with the pain with a grin and a wench when no one is looking some nights when my day finally done it hurts to even beath
Siying

Singapore, Singapore

#175 Sep 1, 2011
kay wrote:
i am 21 years old and i had spinal fusion 13 months ago in L5 S1 and since it had become alot worse i feel my doctors think i am putting it on. the pain rips through my back every time i move wheras beofre it was more of an ache. does anyone else have the same problem
Hi I think you meant "Flat back syndrome"? God Bless you and i hope you find the right cure soon!
Siying

Singapore, Singapore

#176 Sep 1, 2011
Cath wrote:
Has any1 found that their sensation has changed ? Or numbness where the operation was done?
Hi :) Yep a lot of people have numb patches at the area the operation is being done. This happens because the nerves along the incision can get damaged/severed/loosened. Don't worry though because most of the time it will go away. It just takes some time :) Usually it takes a few months, some people 1-2 years. Only a very very small % of people have the numbness permanently. XD

I had my operation done from my right side and my right side of my stomach was numb for about 6-7 months. It's 9 months now and i have regained about 95% sensation!:)

All the best!
Classylady

Columbus, OH

#177 Oct 3, 2011
The good news is that my spinal fusion was successful. The numbness and weakness in my legs, resulting from nerve compression is gone. I am 2 1/2 years post-op, having an L1-L5 fusion, followed within 48 hours by a surgical procedure to remove broken drains, followed within ten days by ANOTHER operation to debride infected tissue at the incision site...all-in-all a total of 18 hours of trauma! And, if that wasn't enough, less than a week after discharge, I fainted, breaking my arm in the process! I was in my brace from the second week of April until late August, which delayed any effective physical therapy. I did not tolerate the therapy well and made little progress so I was referred to the hospitals' pain clinic. I underwent a couple of additional procedures, including a nerve block, again with no effect. The doctor prescribed gabapentin, along with the Vicodin I was taking. Side-effects from the gabapentin included jaw clenching,weight gain and widespread tingling numbness. I am unable to walk without the onset of a burning tightness and heaviness, nor can I stand for any extended length of time. Additionally, I have developed a severe forward bending, feeling as if there is a huge weight dragging me...evidently from hip flexor contractures. I know that severed nerves do not regenerate. I wonder if the neurostimulator implant being proposed would have any benefit in my situation. I am worn down from the nearly constant pain and lack of any significant improvement in these post-op complications. I feel that my life span has been shortened by at least ten years...but that's ten years less I'll need to deal with this!
Trish Wayne

Philippines

#178 Oct 6, 2011
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LoriLogic

Wharton, TX

#179 Oct 15, 2011
I am a 43 year old female with a bad car wreck in my past. I had a spinalfusion and discectomy of the C4-C7 in 2008 because of severe, debilitating pain in my neck. (Symptoms also included numbness in both hands, my chest, bruising, headaches, dizziness and weird brain sensations) At that time the MRI showed that the disk was protruding into my spinal cord reducing flow to my brain at 38%. Surgery went GREAT. In fact, 2 days after surgery I was out in the yard watering my plants and on the third day I flew to the Bahamas for a wedding and on the 5th day after surgery I was swimming with the dolphins. I hadnt felt that good in YEARS. Then came 2010. In Fall of 2010 I began experiencing some milder versions of my previous symptoms, which I ignored untill January of 2011 when something woke me in the middle of the night and I was paralyzed untill my husband got out of bed and come over to me and helped me up at which time I literally felt something release in my neck and it felt like blood started moving again and within a few minutes I could move my hands and legs again. SCARY. I finally went back to the doctor who sent me for another MRI in which the attendants freaked out during the MRI and called my doctor even before they pulled me out of the machine. From there, straight to the hospital for another emergency surgery and move fusions and more hardware. Now I have C2-C7 fused. It has been 8 months since my last surgery and I have severelylimited mobility from left to right, up and down. If I turn my neck too far I see stars. If I dont sleep flat on my back without apillow I wake up in agony. If I walk more than an hour I am in pain for days afterwards. I am allergic to most pain meds which makes me paranoid about taking ANY pain meds, even after surgery in the hospital the strongest thing I took was Tylenol...so Im not just out looking for drugs....this hurts. I have accepted that it will continue to deteriorate and theres probably nothing I can do about it but make the best of it. They say that the more discs you have fused the more pressure it puts on the discs above and below. Doc says it is rare to have to have two surgeries like mine and almost unheard of to have to have three...but if 6 in a row are fused it makes sense that you are going to start popping off discs left and right after that. Ugh.
Sean

Bellevue, WA

#180 Oct 19, 2011
Many protruding discs (also known as bulging, herniated, protruding and slipped discs) in the low back and neck can now be treated with non-surgical spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression came out about 2000. The machine gently distracts the spine creating a negative pressure within the disc. This allows the bulging nucleus to be drawn back into the disc which the body is unable to do with the constant effect of gravity. This is not the same as traction which the body fights and cannot create the needed negative pressure within the disc.
Decompression is also effective on conditions such as disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, etc. Any condition where the disc is decreasing in height or the nerve is having pressure put on it. It can also be used on patients that have had previous back fusions; any surgery where metal has NOT been placed in the back.
Spinal decompression is an FDA cleared treatment and has had several studies including a 3 year long study by the Mayo Institute confirming the efficacy of this treatment. As mentioned it is non-surgical and there are no side effects. The typical treatment series lasts about 2 months and actually treats and cures the disc as opposed to just attacking the symptoms.
Our clinic is run by a chiropractor that has been in business since 1968. He started using spinal decompression in 2005. Our success rate is over 90% in treating our patients with protruding discs that qualify as candidates. To qualify as a candidate we review the MRI to determine the severity of the disc protrusion. If it is something that can be treated we then need to have a couple of x-rays taken to determine whether your spine is stable enough to handle the decompression.
While there are a few different spinal decompression machines I can recommend the Axiom DRX 9000. We have 3 of them and they are one of the best, if not the best, that are made.
More details can be found at http://www.back-pain-causes-and-relief.com/sp...
My daughter Elizabeth

Alto, MI

#181 Oct 30, 2011
My daughter has had two spinal fusions due to scoliosis. Her surgeon believes her headaches after the first are not related to her surgery. When we were in the hospital for the second surgery, I asked the nurses and they said they had had patients who complained of headache after a spinal fusion; they suggested caffeine. I haven't been able to dress up coffee in any way that my daughter will drink it, so.....but she has headaches nearly every day. Her pediatrician suggested cranio-sacral therapy, so perhaps that's what we try next.
Ash wrote:
I had a spinal fusion and ever since have had headaches. Now, I am having a feeling like bubbles in my head, sometimes on the sides, and other times on the top of my head. I had a MRI on my head a while ago, and there isn't anything wrong there. I wonder if it is related to my back, because I am really starting to get nervous at this feeling. Does anyone experience the same thing or have any idea what could be going on?
Juli

United States

#182 Oct 31, 2011
My daughter Elizabeth wrote:
My daughter has had two spinal fusions due to scoliosis. Her surgeon believes her headaches after the first are not related to her surgery. When we were in the hospital for the second surgery, I asked the nurses and they said they had had patients who complained of headache after a spinal fusion; they suggested caffeine. I haven't been able to dress up coffee in any way that my daughter will drink it, so.....but she has headaches nearly every day. Her pediatrician suggested cranio-sacral therapy, so perhaps that's what we try next. <quoted text>
I too have severe migranes NEARLY EVERYDAY since my L5 S1 procedure in 2009.... No problems found neither with ct scans... I just deal with the pain... It's unreal...

I hope ur daughter feels better! Let us know when u find the solution! Caffeine sure isn't!
Edward

Calabasas, CA

#183 Nov 14, 2011
I had spinal fusion cervical 5 and 6 4 years ago. the surgery was very successful. I have the last year or so not been able to lay on the floor and work with my head tilted up. When I do this with in 30 seconds or so I become nauseous, if I continue I break into a clammy sweat and the nausia continues for most of the day. I just want to know if these are related. I am very happy with the surgery.
Surgery in Mich

Saint Clair Shores, MI

#184 Nov 18, 2011
In March of 2011 I had L3=L4-L5 fused. My Neurosurgeon used micro surgery (scare is about 1 1/2 inches long). When he went in, he found that there was no cartlidge between the discs. It was all bone on bone and that the nerves had been impinched upon.
Woke up after surgery screeming. The had me on morphine and dilatin for 3 days. Then sent me to rehab where they had no pain medication for me for 24 hours. I called home 7 times screaming. In the am, I was sent back to the hospital, back on morphine and dilatin until the pain was back under control.
After those 3 days, I got to choose the rehab facility I could go to. Fortunately there is a pretty good one about 1/2 mile from our house. Had to learn to use a wheel chair, then how to walk with a walker. Legs were so weak that there were times that if I didn't have the walker, I would have collapsed on the floor. After 6 weeks of PT and OT to get stronger, I finally got released to go home, where I continued PT, OT and saw a nurse and a Social Worker several times a week. After 4 weeks of that, I saw my Doc again and he said that I could start walking. Of course the temps this summer were 90 degrees with 80% humity. Or it rained like cats and dogs. So no walking for me. Finally, after I tripped down 2 steps and was pulled 4 feet by one of our dogs, I was in worse pain than before. Had more xrays, just bruised the nerves and the regeneration of the nerves moved from my right leg to my left leg. Right now I am in PT, fighting with the muscle cramps and nerve pain.
Back feels great. It gets tired easily, and I'm still not allowed to play in my garden or my flower beds. But they'll still be there next spring. Hopefully I'll be lots stronger.
So for all of you still in pain or fighting nerve problems, I'm hoping that at least mine will work themselves out.

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