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Could I Have re-injured my back?

PeggyMcPPeggyMc Glendora, CaPosts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had a PLIF in December. This was my second surgery in 2 years. My elderly mom became really ill and I am taking care of her in my home. Im really scared that I have possibly re-injured my back and possibly done something to my L4- S1 fusion. I am also experiencing some pain up higher that where the fusion is...HELPPPPP! I hadnt been experiencing the leg pain and associated cramping/muscle comtractions in my leg until last weekend. I have had to pull, lift and move my mom but she's only 95 lbs. Has this happened to anyone ??? I would really appreciate any input!


  • Peg-

    In 2009, I had the same fusion L4-S1. If you are concerned about your fusion, I give you a piece of advice:

    1) Contact your surgeon and let him/her know that you have been caring for and moving your mom. You can have an x-ray to see if your hardware is o.k.

    2) After my fusion, I was given a restriction not to lift more than 8 pounds. You may want to reconsider moving your mom.

    Good luck
  • I agree with what Julie suggests.

    It's one thing to 'assist' to move your mum if she is able to take some of the weight herself, and another to help move her when she can't. You will be putting alot of pressure on your back either way.

    If I were you, I would contact your surgeon for a review appointment and request an x-ray if you can, so you can get reassurance that the hardware is still ok.

    Will you let us know how you get on?
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • that an x-ray won't show if the disc above is a pain generator or not, so you may need further investigations to find out what's causing your new symptoms (a discogram maybe?).

    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
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