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Post fusion/infections/residual pain - what do I try next??

nelnnel Posts: 402
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,
Sorry - this is a bit of a moan really!

I feel pretty much at my wits' ends right now. I appreciate that I could be in a whole lot more pain than I am in currently but that doesn't change the fact that I am in pretty much constant pain and that it affects my sleep most nights.

Painkillers don't do anything but I keep my codeine to take at bedtime as they make me a bit groggy so help me to sleep.

The GP put me on naproxen a week ago, but of course I can't feel any difference.

I have been going to physio again and have had 5 sessions of accupuncture to no effect.

Last Friday the pain was bad enough that if I had not been on summer holiday I could not have gone to work. I spent the afternoon on the couch on codeine! The weekend wasn't much better but I managed to go for my daily walk.

I am walking everyday and swim most weekdays. I am aware that keeping active is the best thing so that is what I am trying to do. I do have a sneaky feeling that swimming is making me worse though. It doesn't hurt extra when I do it but I do notice that generally by Monday when I haven't been for two days I feel slightly better. Should I ditch the swimming? Bit of a dilema because it is my favourire exercise and all the medical folks say to keep doing it depite the pain. I guess it could not be related?

The second opinion guy says this could be as good as I get. So my question is how do I deal with this? How am I going to manage at work? There is no "wriggle" room at work - I am a teacher so have to teach, plan and mark. I am really afraid that my return in September will be the final straw. I feel bad enough on a "good" day and only just managed to cope in the last term.

Sorry to maon folks! I just don't want to be stuck like this forever but have a horrible idea that I might.

The thing is I am sure that this is all down to the infection and if only someone would listen to me maybe it would get sorted out. ARGH!!!

Thanks for listening guys!



  • HI,
    That line about loose screws jumped out at me! If the latest MRI shows loose screws, that could be a big part of the problem! As for swimming, I think it's great, but what strokes are you doing? After my spine surgeries, I can only do the side stroke without causing pain, as if I stretch out to swim, my lower back goes into spasms.
    See what the dr says about the MRI, and go from there..
  • Hi Frannie and thanks for the reply,

    Over the last couple of days I have started to think maybe it is the screws causing the pain I have now. At least if that is the case it is easily (or sort of) fixed! My surgeon has already said that if I can't live with the pain taking them out is the next thing but I think I might suggest a hardware block first.

    As for swimming I do front crawl mostly. I have to say that it was hard immediately post op and after each flare up but I can do a mile no problem. I am supposed, according to my doc, to go back to life as normal and that does mean swimming each weekday for me. I thought I should test myself properly! Before this latest flare up I tried tumble turns but that did cause me grief on that evening so I gave that up as a bad job!

    Anyway I have a follow up appointment in a fortnight so I will see how that goes.

    Thanks again

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