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post spinal fusion surgery pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 4, 2006
  • 07:04 PM

I had spinal fusion on my L5 5 weeks ago, and i am now hurting now more then i ever did before surgery. My Doc said he had the surgery and was back to work in 2 weeks. At 2weeks for me i was hurting so bad i thought i had messed up my fusion. So i went to see my my doc and had an xray and was told it was fine. He gave me a RX and said it was my last one. So i have had nothing for pain since 3 weeks after surgery. Right after surgery in a drugged state I told him my leg hurts worse (I don't remember saying it) and his answer was " Then we shouldn't have done surgery"
I had no problem with my right leg priop to surgery, but now at 5 weeks i have to drag my leg, and it hurts unbelievably, i can't even lay on my right side. Sometimes it feels like ants are crawling under my skin. I can't sleep, 3 times now my leg hurt me so bad i got physically sick.
Also my Doc's nurse says pain is just a state of mind..........My pain is very REAL!!
Is this normal?
How long should i be on pain meds?

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  • Hi. I feel so sorry for you. You need to tell your doctor that you are in pain and if he will not help you with getting pain med's tell him to refere you to a pain center or look one up yourself and get help until you find out what is wrong so that you do not have to suffer in the mean time. Then find you a knew doctor and another and another until you find out what in the world has happened to you. When a doctor has messed you up some how my experiece has been that they really take their tie finding out what has happened. You are better off going somewhere else. If you have been injuried, you have 3yrs. in most states to file a lawsuit if you decide to. Hope this helps you some. I have been messes up several times and that has been my experiece when you start complaining. Pain is not in your head especially after you just had surgery and especially if you are now worse off. Get a second, third, fourth, and keep going till you find out. This could effect you for lie if he messed you up. Have a wonerful dayand good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 01:48 PM
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  • Hi, I too have had a fusion done, L4, L5 to S1, was done over 16yrs ago. Pain is always present unfortunately, am on Anti-spasmodics and anti-inflammotories as well. Your doc needs to reassess you, what kind of fusion, bone or metal have you had done?. Once you have had a fusion, be very careful to not get lax in your ongoing care, keep fit, avoid weight gain, reason is, that after a while the vertebrae just above the fusion has to do extra work and eventually may degenerate, as is my case. I was stupid, didn't take it easy and really look after myself, did too much too soon, had a car accident a few months ago and now I may need further surgery, not if I can avoid it, believe in prayer now, didn't back then, so heres hoping.See a Neurologist not an Orthopaedic specialist, as mentioned, pain management, hydrotherapy may help, pain is not in your head, you need a new doc, the nurse needs a shot of compassion.You will have good days, just be prepared for some bad days as well, all about coping with a new life changing event, spinal fusions do that, change your life. Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 09:31 AM
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  • The nurse and physican are in the wrong profession. The medical field is to be a helping and caring profession. They are causing you to suffer so do the same to them. There has to be an oversite agency for doctors and Ms. Nurse Ratchet... I am sorry for your pain, maybe water-therapy and eastern medicine can help.Take care!
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  • I've been through this also!!! Finally had an MRI and the Radiologist stated the word "ARACHNOIDITIS". It's scarring and nerve root compression..lookit up and see if you have the same painful symptoms. X-rays won't show it. You really need a new doctor..the one you're seeing needs to retire!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2007
    • 03:59 PM
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  • Ditto to the person who said Arachnoiditis. The nurse needs a kick in the@#$.You will need an Mri WITH contrast to find Arachnoiditis. The MRI must be read by someone who knows what it is & is told to look for it specifically. Many times the MRI will be done without contrast & cannot be seen clearly. Radiologists who are just told to look for problems in the spine will usually never look for this. It would be beneficial for you to get & keep copies of all your medical records for the future. You may be surprised to find out they already know you have "A" & this sometimes accounts for Drs being"done" with you. Please read anything you can on the subject & you will understand. The COFWA site is good.They also hava a support group that is excellent. By the way, do not rush to get injections in your back which many pain specialists will try to do. They will aggravate the situation. Hope this helps. I have this as well & it was a long road to diagnosis. D in Wi
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 6, 2007
    • 04:48 PM
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  • My first fusion was L4-L5. It did not last long and lived in pain the whole time. Thanks to my last surgeon I am now fused from S1 to T10. That is 8 fusions at once!!!! My left leg works again but I live in constant pain. I will be in Pain Management for the rest of my life. Hate to tell you all this, but you must accept the pain and get on with your life. Exercise and a positive outlook will help. Also, find a good Pain Management Doctor. One that understands how the drugs REALLY work that they are giving to you. GOOD LUCK." On the table twice"
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2011
    • 02:45 AM
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  • My first fusion made me in pain, my screw was coming out and two weeks pit op was back for new fusion. I have a great doctor, you need s lawyer and a new doctor. You should have a mri for detailed. Look. After. My second surgery has been great. Four weeks now still on meds your nerves are open is how my doc. Explains it causes pain. My left leg drags an my right ones swells, if I go walj this stops pain and reduces swelling. No bending lifting or twisting but do lots of walking. I am surprised you are off meds even with luttle pain it is drastic to just stop you need to slowly ween off meds or withdrawals can be bad. Get new doctor pronto!
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  • I'm an anesthesiologist who regularly treats post-surgical back pain patients. Most should not have had surgery in the first place as it is frequent to replace the original pain with a new pain from the operation. You may have an arachnoiditis or a new compression syndrome. Have a QUALIFIED pain, orthopedic or neurosurgeon physician reevaluate your status. BTW, have you lost all your extra weight to take all undo stress off your low back? .....and done the physical therapy necessary to restrengthen your low back muscle tone? (Large percentages of patients don't follow the surgeon's post op orders, then blame the surgeon for treatment failure)
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