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Back pain still at 11 months post op plif

bedawgsbbedawgs Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well I have had 2 back surgries and a neck fusion,its 11 months and I still cant bend without alot of pain.The only thing that gets me is bending.Once I bend I need help up,also had ct scan and it said im still only somewhat fused.And my doctor said its muscle pain and its there for life.Has anyone elese went through this with pain when bending and did it ever quit.I want to go back to work but I cant till the pain stops,also is it normal not to be fused at 11 months.


  • Bedawgs:

    I am there with you. I had a a fusion at L4-S1 in January of this year and I can't bend backwards at all. When I bend forwards then it takes a concerted effort to pull myself back up (slowly and with the aide of pushing on some stabile object with my hands).

    I would describe my pain as chronic, not acute, and on a level between 5 to 7. Me and my surgeon (who has not yet released me) are equally frustrated because we both thought the outcome would have been better and faster. Recent CT shows normal regrowth, but the pain and restricted range of motion is a puzzle.

    Don't know about you, but the onset of this cold weather has really "creeped" into my back. I am making the decision daily as I drag my butt out of bed as to whether or not I will continue to work publicly. I did not envision this situation at all!
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