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Recent spinal surgery, in more pain and some things seem off. Help?

jctusmc03jjctusmc03 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I recently had a spinal surgery and to me it seems like some things are off. I'm not 4 inches shorter than I used to be, I have no arch, my right rib cage and hip bone are rubbing against each other, my right leg is now and inch shorter, and I'm unable to fully stretch my stomach out as it's stuck being always bent somewhat. I've been back to my spinal surgeon several times to ask about these problems and he keeps telling me there is nothing wrong. However, I'm fairly sure it's just because he's just not wanting to admit to his mistakes.

I have a few pictures of X-Rays I got recently as I made the doctor send me to get X-Rays and took pictures of them before giving them to him. He again told me that everything was okay. I've uploaded these to a website and the URL's are below.

Does this look and sound right to you all?





  • Sorry that you are still in pain! Did your surgeon talk to you before surgery that there would be the possibility of continued pain? Sometimes spine surgery does not eliminate pain.

    I can not comment on your X-Rays, but it looks like you had a 5-level fusion? I've heard that the more levels you have done, the longer the recovery. If you truly think something is not right, I would bring your X-Rays to another spine specialist for a 2nd opinion. Surgeons do not like to admit to their mistakes. Good luck and hope you find out soon what's going on!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Thank you, I hope I find the answer soon. Also, if you notice in the X-Rays it looks like my spine has a pretty mean curve to it.
  • Was the curvature already there before the surgery? Yes, it is extremely curved, but I wasn't sure if you had that condition prior to surgery or if the curve came sudden post-op.

    Be your own advocate and seek help and find out what happened! Keep us posted on the outcome!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I'm going to a doctors office that has three spinal surgeons in it next thursday. hopefully they can tell me whats wrong. Also, my back wasn't curved before my surgery. I also read on the internet in several places my back should have been straight at the end of the surgery, and bones shouldn't be rubbing.
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