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back, then tailbone, then neck?

TraciTTraci Posts: 92
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Here I am again - seeking advise. Had a 3 level PLIF L4-S1 in September 16, 2010. No complications, no infections nothing. Fusing well. Surgeon always says the xrays are looking great. Well them last month my tailbone got to hurting. Finally when I saw the Dr. he said not to worry, things are changing and getting lined up so sit on the blow up donut. I did and it has gotten better, but now my neck is killing me. It won't turn and is very painful. I do have some problems with the neck but the surgeon was hoping in his words that once the back got "straightened" up the neck would get better. I am in such fear of takingthe pain meds (not because of addiction because if it would take this pain away I could care less) but becaue my surgeon might feel the need to send me to a pain management place. I want to keep HIM for the dr. He seems to care and undersatnd so well I just don't want to lose him. Do you think that this neck pain will "move" on or what is your experiences? Thanks


  • You need to remember that any spinal fusion affects your entire spine, its dynamics, its loading etc. Chances are that you are walking, standing, sitting differently, and as such putting load on your upper back or neck causing things to tighten up, and then cause pain.

    Hopefully you will find that gentle stretching of your neck, maybe some ice and heat along with gentle rubbing (from the hubby), or massage will loosen your neck up. Please let us know how it goes. I hope you feel better soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I am going to try all of your suggestions. Thanks for the info. Funny how I did not think of those things. Thanks again and I will let you know how it works for me.
  • I hope your neck pain is from moving your back differently and nothing major. I have c-spine and lumbar issues though I haven't had surgery I have a nerve impinging from C7 and have done well with gentle manual traction from a Physiotherapist and ultrasound. I had whiplash over 20 years ago and have been able to manage neck pain also with Lyrica 25mg 1-3x day for neck spasms.

    Do you have any arm or hand numbness or pain? It's good to hear your Surgeon got back to you and will follow you up. It's great to have a Dr. listen to you! Best wishes. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Traci,

    Hopefully all will come down to dynamics, posture etc. For sure, please let us know how it goes.

    Charry, as a side note, even without surgery you have pain. With pain, you also aren't going to sit, stand, walk in a 'normal' spine friendly way as we tend to adjust to find the least amount of discomfort or pain. Now toss a cane into the picture - not spine friendly! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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