Good grief. I'm not even 55 yet. I had a three-level lumbar fusion in November. The recovery was hell at first and I've just in the past month and a half felt as though I was doing well and getting some flexibility back. Today, I get to work and sit down in my chair and the back of my thigh (biceps femoris) goes into a total spasm. The nerve pain was so intense it just caused the muscle to spasm up into a tight ball. I made it home, got my TENS unit and went back to the office all wired up. I made it through the day, but could not shut the TENS unit off without starting horrible pain. I put my laptop on a filing cabinet and spent most of the day standing, as I couldn't sit down.
Thankfully, when I got home I remembered I had some Lyrica in the drawer of the coffee table. I only had ten left, but I took one, along with a percocet and half a flexeril, and I think I'll live now. I'll have to talk with the doc tomorrow about getting more Lyrica. When I lie down on an ice pack, I can feel throbbing at the bottom of my tail bone. I'm fused. What the heck could I have done to myself to cause this? I don't remember doing any bending, lifting, or twisting that would have set this off.
The hell of it is, I have an appointment to see an orthopedist tomorrow because my right shoulder is inflamed and bothering me. I think it's bursitis. I sort of feel like Scotty on the Starship Enterprise - 'She can't take any more of this, Jim! All systems are failing. We've got to try to get the shields up!!' What the heck am I going to be like at 85, if I make it that far?
Has any one else had this happen after healing from a fusion? I know that at my six month appointment my surgeon said I wasn't totally fused, but nearly there. What sort of damage could I have done to myself?
3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.