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Why do I have pain here and what can I do ?

TJ987123TTJ987123 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my C7 vertebrae fused with my C6 and I must say that I feel great. 95% of what I was before I broke it skiing but, I elected to fuse it with my own bone as opposed to a dead person's. So they took a piece from the back of my hip girdle (torso).
Now, I am a passionate golfer and I love to work on my game but, when I play more than one day in a row, the spot where they took the bone, swells and, hurts, which makes golfing less enjoyable for me. My question is, what can even be done to remedy this ? I almost see it as useless to go back to the doctor. It is a spot in my body that has no movement. I am just baffled at what are my options. I do not want pain killers to be my answer.
Anyone have any advice?

Thanks in advance


  • How long ago was your surgery? I think your best option is to contact your surgeon and ask his advice. If your surgery wasn't too long ago, you may just need more time to heal.

    Best wishes,

  • I've heard of several people who had the bone taken from their hip, only to have that area hurt for years. Everybody is different, and too you are young, so hopefully it will resolve over time?

    I'm sure your surgeon will be able to give you the answers you seek. This is not a rare practice on fusion surgeries. Me, on both of my fusions, I elected to use cadaver bones since I am in my late 40's. Please let us know how it goes. Welcome aboard!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I've had a 3-lvl ACDF, but with cadaver bone. I was golfing seven months after that surgery. I then had a lumbar surgery, 1-lvl TLIF, and was golfing six months after that surgery.

    Per my dotor's orders, my PT taught me how to swing so as not to hurt my cervical or lumbar spine and hardware. So maybe changing your swing with help of a specific golf coach that specializes in these things can help.

    Also, maybe Lidodoerm patches on the area would help. They've done wonders for my lumbar when it hurts.

    I agree with Marianne also, that if you're not long out of surgery, it may just take some time, but I've given you some suggestions anyway.

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