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When is enough enough? Surgery was to get rid of my pain!

martyjommartyjo Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, Well, here I am again posting. 15 months post L3-S1 fusion with iliac bone graft. I just can;'t get past the pain and spasms. By the end of the day, I'm hunched over, can;t straighten my back. Too much spasm. The pain in my lower back has be bewildered. Even with the pain meds and muscle relaxers, it comes right back.
I think I need a stronger pain med but I don't believe this far out from my surgery my doc will give it to me. I thought I'd be walking around and enjoying life. Instead, I have to take pain pills just to do normal daily living tasks. Maybe it;s my age I'm 59. This has been a nightmare. Any thoughts out there from anyone who's had this?


  • i am really sorry about your pain my friend .i myself am still in considerable pain post operation {18 months now} my advice is to go to your doctor and tell him or her just how you are feeling {i did} and i have my pain medication sorted out.{previously my doctor sent me to see a so called pain consultant } with disastrous consequences the pain consultant was a pig and now has left his job with the health authority {i would like to think that i had something to do with that} any way back to you .you carnt be in so much pain not in this day and age you should go back and sort things out .good luck
  • I have this..I am three years post anterior double fusion L3-SI. I am in the same boat. Although some of the pain is gone, I also need medications just to do normal things. I am 47 and had to wait 14 years for Worker's Comp to approve surgery, mainly because the discs had ruptured. I just kept working with my provider to find a balance of medications that I could function on and not extreme doses.
    Hope it helps you feel better because you are definitely no alone.
  • I totally understand- I went through a fusion on L5-S1 10 months ago and it was my second back surgery. The first time around was a bust since I suffered a recurrent herniation among other problems. These two surgeries were supposed to make me feel a whole lot better and get me on my feet again. It didn't go that way in either case. I take strong medications to make the pain bearable. I hardly go anywhere and lie down all the time because it's the only position I can stand. I'm sorry you're going through this and I hope things get better for you. Take care
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