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Is this normal????? after Laminectomy and Lumbar Fusion

Laurie AnnLLaurie Ann Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:T Since having surgery on my Lumbar /Fusion-Laminectomy/Rod and screws, I have been in more pain than ever! 1st/ what have you had in the way of prescription to control pain? I am on vicodin 750mg, neurontin, and flexeril.
2nd/I am having pain in both hips and i feel like i have my brace on when i dont.THe pain was so bad Saturday that I ended up crying. Called Doc office they couldnt prescribe another narcotic, they couldnt until today. I havent called them back becasue I have a pain specialist. I called there and he's off today, they said they would speak to him in the morning. Has anyone experienced these physical issue?


  • I am very new at this so please bear with me. What did you have done to your lumbar?
  • when did you have the fusion and what levels?

    My NS sent me home with

    Fentanyl Patches -switching today to percocets because I don't think they work well. These are for extended relief ((72 hours)).

    Norco (like Vicoden) I am taking 2 every 6 hours around the clock.

    Flexerile not working as well as the valium so I am getting the valium refilled

    I am 3 weeks out today and I am walking about 30-40 minutes daily. I think I need to break that out to 10-15 minutes at a time and I will work on that.

    My brother had a cervical fusion before his lumbar fusion and he was surprized at the difference in pain and time for the lumbar fusion.

    I try with meds to keep my painlevel between 3-5, but if I fall behind on my meds my level goes to 8-10.

    I hope this helps a little,

  • You never told us how many days / months psot op you are?

    Please don't suffer in silence...go back and see someone
  • I had my fusion surgery 6/26/08 and also have the pain in both hips. I really think most of my pain in the hip was where they took the bone for the graft. Maybe it also radiates to the other hip??? It has gotten a little better, but I go to the doc on Wed. and will find out what is going on. Hope you start feeling better soon!
  • When was your surgery? Hope doc provides you some relief in the morning. If pain gets so bad I start crying, then it's time to go to ER.
  • I had lumbar fusion at L-3/L-4 on 5-1-08 and also had pain in both hips. Ns told me it was my si joints so the pain doc gave me epidural injections and that helped quite a bit for a month or so. I would ask your doc about this.
  • I'm 5 1/2 weeks postop and still having pain in my hips. I have a popping, bones rubbing sound when I walk. I can't really tell if it's in my hips or back. I had the anterior fusion surgery. Before going in my right leg was tingling, numb at times, and pain sometimes. After surgery, my left leg was numb and would just fall over if I tried to lift it. After 5 visits to physical therapy, it's gotten some better, but still very weak. I hurt if I sit very long or sit on a soft surface. All my muscles ache and feel sore all the time lately. I have a very tight binding feeling around my stomach and hips and legs too. I take robaxin as a muscle relaxer and keep trying to do the stretches they've taught me. I also have lorcet plus that I take about 3 times a day. It doesn't take everything away but makes things bearable.

    I'm supposed to go back to work next week, sitting at a desk job all day. I'm very worried about it and how I will feel.

    I hope you get some relief and we all heal up from these surgeries soon. I've read others saying at about 3 months, they felt better...so we have a ways to go still.
  • On the Doctors paper that went to my health provider, it said I was having srgery for:
    L-4/5 Lamenectomy/Fusion/Instruments(rods and screws)
    I had surgery August 12, 2008/7 days post op.
  • I did not have a graft taken from hip, they used bone they took out and "bone glue. I told my husband husband tonight, I feel numbness r a sense of toghtness in my back where bandage still covers. He checked to see if there was new blood on the bandages-none!!!
  • Ummm, at 7 days youre gonna be sore. Incredibley sore...crying sore even. The first two weeks are an absolute hell. That's normal. I wanted to die at 7 days post op I was in so much pain. It gets better in time. Each week you'll see improvement.
    If your pain meds. arent coverin your pain, ask for something stronger.

    Best Wishes,
    Christina :)
  • 7 days is really early after your surgery Laurie Ann, I wouldn't be too terribly worried as your body deals with the trauma you have been through. I might would see what else they can offer in the pain meds department. In the meantime you might try ice or heat, I used heat at first cause it was so much more comfortable. I am almost 6 weeks post-op and have had all kinds of varying new intermittent pain but it does get better. try to go for short walks through the day/night even if just inside and change position often. try to remember which positions alleviate the pain in certain areas. Use lots of pillows. My incision line and off to both sides of it still gets a gripping tautness to it, I think it is just the muscles healing. I have hip pain off and on, no graft but I attribute it to the work done on and around my S1. I'm sorry you are having a rough time but hang in there, if it gets to be more than you can bear go to the ER so they can get your pain levels under control, remember to take what meds you are taking with you to avoid interaction issues.

    Hang in there, I hope you get some relief very soon.

    Kelly Jo
  • Hi Laurie-Anne, I just had the same surgery 14 days ago. I feel much better now on day 14 than I did at day 7. I too have a lot of hip pain. I went to my first post-op appt yesterday and my NS seems to think it is from the positioning on the OR table as well as nerves that need to heal. I didn't have a hip graft either like you. I was sent home with Norco 10/325, and Skelaxin 800. I was taking 2 Norco every 4 hours at first, now taking 1 every 4 hours, to keep my pain 4-5/10. My low back pain, hip pain, leg pain, are all worse than pre-op, but my leg pain has moved to the outside left from the inside left. I think this is such a horrific surgery, that it is normal to feel awful for at least 2 weeks. Keep trying to get your meds changed until you get some relief. A lot of people end up needing a stronger, long acting opiate, especially if you were on a lot of pain meds pre-op. Hang in there, it will get better. I too have a long ways to go yet. My doctor was encouraging at my appt yesterday, says everything looks great, and all this pain is normal. Take care, Sue
  • Laurie Ann, I had 3-level fusion and laminectomy in mid-June. While everyone is different, and everyone heals differently, what you are experiencing is not all that different from what I experienced. For the first 2 weeks, you'll feel at times as if you've taken a step back here and there; but overall, you'll improve. Be patient with the process - it's hard to do when you are in severe pain, but it's critical to do. Be sure that you keep your doctor apprised of your pain level. If something bothers you and you need something, don't be afraid to ask - that's why they're there!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
  • Thank all of you who answered my post, it really helped! I called my Pain Specialist this morning, they are switching me from Vicodin to Percocet. >:D< <:P
  • Laurie Ann, this is EXACTLY what they did in my case after I left the hospital - i.e., switched me off of Vicodin to Percocet. It helped immensely. I hope this helps you!

    Best wishes,

  • I was prescribed percocet too, it really helped me. I hope it brings you the relief you need. Just be sure to stay ahead of any bowl issues.

    Now get busy getting better!
  • Yeah, they put me on Percocet. I noticed my pain level coming down. Stll feel that tightening in the back, that part sucks!
  • The tightening you feel may be cramps. See if your Doc will put you on a muscle relaxant in addition to your Percocet. I found that Soma was a lot more effective than Skelaxin.

    But...it WILL pass!


  • Glad to hear that there has been some relief.

    I agree, 7 days is really early. I was still in the hospital then!

    I have noticed that there is a remarkable difference each week. I don't notice it daily, but week by week I can tell.

    Currently I don't even take the valium I have. Just melatonin for night and 3x I've taken tylenol. If you would have told me that I'd be off the pain meds 2- 3 weeks ago, well, I'd have probably hit something and cried. Even though the pain meds were making me terribly nauseated -I still needed them.

    Good luck and hope it keeps getting better~
  • hi,

    sorry,,im new at this,,,,i see ur online but not sure if there is a better way to chat with you.

    please let me know


  • hi,,

    again im sorry,,,new here not sure what i am doing, but would love to know if the popping/bone rubbing is resolved.
    i have it also,,,,my surgery was 3 monthes ago and this popping started after 2 monthes. anything u can tell me about it.

    thanks again,

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