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two month check up

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my two month checkup today. doc said the x-rays look great the bone is growing better then he expected. He still has no idea where the sciatica is coming from. If its still there next month we're going to do an MRI of my full back plus the lumbar area to see if something is going on else where or what is going on. He did say that he's has patients have this happen before just not this long or this serious. We're attempting to try 4 hrs a day at work and see how things go with the addition of standing only to the normal BTL restrictions. thought behind it is I can't sit for more then an hour before the sciatica kicks in hard and I have to lie down. So we'll see what wonderful "job" the casino and find to degrade me this time.


  • despite your ongoing scaiata. Your surgery wasn't even 3 months ago!
    From my undertsnadin, it can take a while for nerve related issues to settle.
    Keep smiling and good luck at work!
  • It sounds like I am in a very similar place to you. I have my appt on Thursday. I am curious to see how my bone is growing. (I tried to look at the x-rays, but couldn't understand a thing.) I am also suffering from nerve issues at this point. I am going to try to push for an MRI.

    Good luck going back to work, and I hope your sciatica goes away soon.

  • Just a word of caution for those of you who are still early in recovery ~ An x-ray will show if your "hardware" is in the correct position, or if it has slipped, which is really very unlikely. The MRI will not show much regarding a nerve issue. Even under the best circumstances, MRIs do not conclusively show nerve damage, unless it is very obvious.
    After surgery, there still is inflammation of the soft tissue that can affect the overall "picture."

    My point is that it is the normal reaction to really want to know if all you're going through is "worth it" and you want to know what is going on. But in realty, even if you have a MRI (which will have to be done "with contrast" now that you have instrumentation), in most cases, you will not learn anything definitive. And you are exposing yourself to one more time when you are having dye shot into your body.

    Also, please remember that recovery from fusion is an on again, off again type thing -- or two steps forward, one back. Even if you wake up from surgery and all your former pain is gone, it doesn't mean that it won't redevelop down the road a week or a month, or months later. With nerve compression, the healing is a jerky thing. And, it is very, very slow. And there is little way to predict if the nerves are coming back to life, healing VERY slowly, or have permanent damage and ultimately, will not heal. MRI will not show this process or provide the answer.

    Most people do get better. It can just take a LONG time and the most important thing for you to learn is patience and a positive attitude.

    So, you can demand a MRI at two or three months, but really, what is the point? What difference will it make in your recovery? Weigh the benefits of putting your body through the procedure versus the information that is to be gained and decide if it is worth it.

    Cheers !!
  • part of the reason the surgeon is thinking about an MRI is....He was looking through the original complaints and noticed that I had complained about pain shooting from the lower back to a higher point that has gotten lost in the shuffle of things. He brought it up to see if that pain had gone away ect. I told him it hadn't however the other docs didn't seem to listen or to care about anything other then the lower back pain.
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