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Uphill pain

malawmmalaw Posts: 114
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am a little over a year out from L4-S1 fusion. I am ALMOST off Vicodin and Amrix. However, I have lots of strong hurt when I walk uphill. Some areas of my school plant are gently rising, but there are some that have a 45 degree angle. These are the places that really put the hurt in my back. I do flat walking OK, but with me getting most-if not all- my walking here it sometimes gets a little much.
Just wondered if others have the same problem. I am prone to overdo what I will carry in one load (laptop, lunch, papers, notebook and purse) and know that I will be paying for it.
Otherwise, I am so totally glad I had the surgery and most people can't tell that I had knee replacement one year and back fusion the next. Glad about that.


  • I remember the hills in my neighborhood being more taxing for me. Little lightning pains would shoot down my nerves. Not the massive pre-op pains, but little shocking ones.

    Not horrible, just enough that I found myself avoiding hills and just taking the level parts for a while.
  • with uphills - it's like my body goes into really low gear or something. It is very hard to do hills or to walk upstairs. My PT just started me with exercises to strengthen my quad muscles (legs), but I don't think that's the problem. It's the inability of the pelvis to rock side to side while climbing I think. Then again, what do I know? I just live inside this body!


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Is the pain in the same area as before your surgery, or is it different? How hard is it to get in to see the doc to have it evaluated to make sure you're not over stressing the level above your fusion? Could you possibly get a cart or small roller bag to put your things in so you are not adding more stress to your spine? Also, does walking on the incline minus carrying anything, bother you too?

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