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3 months post back surgery and experiencing bad pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Lower Back Pain
On July 2nd, 2009, I had a spinal fusion from L4-S1. Unfortunately, post surgery I found I was allergic to most pain drugs. I was put on steroids for 16 days and felt great. Following the surgery I went to rehab and was released after 6 days. I was doing extremely well. When I was weaned off the steroids I could not tolerate the pain and was given one more week. 3 days after I finished my steroids I fell asleep on my bed. When I woke I could not move and had to call the police for assistance. I am 48 years old. I was put on celebrex for the past 2 months with vicadin (up to 5 a day) and valium. For the past 6 weeks I have been sleeping on a chair because the bed is to painful. My doctor says this is very rare. Most patients do not have this type of pain 3 months post surgery. My CAT scan looks great. All rods and screws are in place. I did have a lot of nerve damage. He is now recommending pain management. This is a results of a car accident. Last year I underwent a disectomy at C5-C7 (which was a much easier recovery.) I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this type of pain post surgery. I do great walking but lying down is just unbearably painful. I would appreciate any comments regarding my condition. I am extremely overwhelmed.


  • :H Welcome to the forum. You'll get much needed support and understanding from our group here. I am sorry that you are experiencing such severe pain and although I haven't had surgery, one of the other members will respond with their experiences post surgery. There are many members who get the best pain relief in a recliner versus a bed.

    Nerve damage is the bain of everyone's issues here -- it takes a long time for the nerves to heal. What about lyrica or neurotin for nerve pain?

    Here's hoping you get some pain relief real soon.

    Take care,

  • I had the same surgery and after 3 months I still had alot of pain. But I was able to walk without a cane. It took a full year to completely recover. I also have nerve damage and the nerves take a long time to heal. I'm so sorry that laying down is so painful. I did a lot of laying on my side with my back against the back of the couch for support. And I used ice on my back often, especially during car rides. I hope you heal and begin to feel better over time.
    Faith M
  • i have not had a fusion {and carnt do for reasons} but i have has 2 major operations the first one i recovered very well in about 6 weeks most of the pain was gone .but the second one was a complete different story its been 2 years post operation and i am still in sever pain .i have been told that i have extensive facet joint hypertrophy and DDD and steno sis and the remaining tissue is very unstable and unhealthy my only option is ADR {artificial disc replacement } i don't think that i will be having it ..like yourself i spend most of my time sleeping in my recliner so i know how you feel ..you say that you cant tolerated pain killers have you tried Oxycontin ? there are a lot of us on here on it and after the initial few weeks its seems to be well tolerated and its a very good pain killer .you could also try a high end TENS see www.acticare.com
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