After my 2-level PLIF, I came home in a rigid thoraco-lumbar brace. Am supposed to be wearing it whenever I'm up and around much, and particularly when I'm out in the car, etc. Trouble is, the brace has caused me increased pain from the get-go, and then about 3 days ago when I put it on, I immediately felt nerve pain in my shinbone which never went away and just got worse and spread to my entire leg, with numbness and pain from my waist clear down to my toes. I tried the brace the next day and it aggravated that pain again immediately so I took it off. That night I went to bed in tears because I hurt so bad and nothing seemed to help. That's when I created that post called "Headed to the ER". I've talked to my surgeon's PA and he knows I'm not wearing it like they originally intended. He's had me go in 3 times to have the brace adjusted to see if it will help. It is to prevent me from twisting and to give support to my spine during the fusion process.
My question is how many of you have had a brace similar to this and how did it work for you? Were you able to tolerate it? I'm now on Lyrica and Dilaudid for pain control and just got the okay to increase the Lyrica (it does help). I just worry that I've done something to my back by refusing to wear the brace and thought I'd see how many of you have had some kind of experience with a brace.
Hoping each of you is having as pain-free a day as possible!
2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled