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Aug 24, 2013

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9 months post fusion pain

Googled the email and all it comes up on is narcotics and drugs. Sorry I'm not interested in that, I'm looking for stretching and muscle relaxing tips. If I wanted pills I would find another doctor that is more willing to give away narcotics.  (Sep 9, 2013 | post #3)

Back Pain

9 months post fusion pain

Hey everyone, I'm new to the site so ill give a quick bio and then get on with it! I'm 23 and had my fusion completed last November L4-L5 L5-S1 because of both discs being completely shattered from when I was a Firefighter EMT when I was 21. It has been real rough recovering since the surgery. But over the past month I have been in Intense mind numbing pain just trying to roll out of bed. When I say mind numbing it is worse than the first time you try to get out of bed after a posterior lumbar fusion. I thought when I had the fusion there could be nothing worse but I was wrong, very very wrong. Currently I am taking tizanidine and tramadol which to me is basically pointless because I certainly can't tell a difference but I can't convince my neurosurgeon otherwise. Does anyone have some insight into ways to relieve muscle tension? I don't have any leg tingling which is good but the muscle on my back feels like I have a knife twisted into it. It is affecting not only my life but the lives of my wife and son also because the pain of just getting out of a chair is bringing me to my knees and down into the fetal position. Not to mention the psychological toll it has been from losing my career and to the embarrassment to myself of being unable just to stand up 50% of the time and the other half I'm literally screaming just to get on my feet.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #1)