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has anyone experienced this?

newhouse17nnewhouse17 Posts: 133
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had ADR and ALIF on May 11, 2009. I have been taking Vicodin 3 to 4 times a day ever since. I have recently been weening off the pills(2nd atempt) and am down to 1 a day. Im noticing pain and stiffness not only where the surgery was performed but up my whole spine. Now its not overwhelming pain and lets just say I dont have the greatest posture.I had my husband run his fingers down each of the vertebrae and some spots are more tender than others nad some days are worse than others. I did not have this before the surgery. Has anyone experienced this?


  • you have had a big operation and it was not done that long ago
    you are bound to have sensitive areas in your spine .i would say that you need to rest and it will take at least a year for you to start to feel better.but as always if you are feeling unsure or unwell go and see your Doctor
    good luck
    PS it took me 3 years to recover {as well as i could} from my last operation
  • One thing that caught my eye was when your wrote that your posture isn't always the best....everything in your body is so inter-related and it all begins with your skeletal system. When you hurt, Your brain tells your muscles to "guard' that area. Your muscles around the painful area will tighten up and stay that way. I'm not sure if you exercise but imagine holding a push up or a plank for minutes, hours,days...that's what your body is doing.

    When this happens, it not just the "guarding" muscles. They pull all they other muscles off balance, therefor,now your entire muscular-skeletal system is off. This begins a whole pain cycle that is in addition to healing from your surgery (soft tissue, nerves etc).

    Maybe take some time to stand in front of a full length mirror with minimal clothing. Take a look at your shoulders, are they even? is one slightly higher than the other? If you have a spouce can they look are the lines behind your knees? are they equal? When you lay down, are the bottom of your feet equal? If not, stand in front of the mirror and slightly shift your weight until your shoulders are aleigned.

    Do you feel well enough to begin some simple yoga or pilates? Are you taking a muscle relaxer for spasms?

    I hope this is helpful for you and I hope you are feeling better! Hang in there and take care! Shari
  • Yes, I have pain and cramping in the area above my fusion when I have to sit still for longer periods.

    In the hospital I was given simple flexibility exercises as well as some to strengthen the core muscles. I do lots of walking every day and have started a strengthening exercise program with the physio. To help my upper back, I do exercises with very light hand weights and have started including a few Pilates exercises.

    Hope you'll be feeling better soon.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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