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

Hi all, I recently had a spinal fusion surgery around a month and a half ago and I've been in more pain than I was before the surgery and some things seem off. I've gone to my spinal surgeon several times about this and he keeps basically blowing me off and telling me everything is okay. Since my surgery I've been bent towards my right side, my ribs and hip bone are touching on the right side causing a lot of pain, I'm 4" shorter, slightly bent forward, and the arch in my back has been completely eliminated.

The last several times I've gone to get X-Rays I've made copies of them since they were on disk for my own personal records and I've made an album for them on photobucket which I'll link below. If anyone has any experience in this can you please tell me if everything looks alright or if I should seek advice elsewhere? Thanks!



  • Looks like 5 fusions there?
    4" shorter?
    How old are you?
    What kind of physical condition are you in?
    Do you smoke?
    Are you doing physical therapy?
    All the above questions will change how you recover from the surgery. If you are not happy with you current condition, communicate that to the Dr.
    If your Dr. doesnt respond to your concerns, go to your GP and/or get a 2nd opinion.
    5 fusions is major, I'm sure it will take considerable time to heal.
    Are you on pain meds? You can ask your Dr. for a script.

    Wishing you a good recovery.
  • jtess87jjtess87 Posts: 2
    edited 06/29/2012 - 4:31 AM
    Yes, 5 fusions. I'm somehow 5'8" when I was 6'. I'm 25 but I was 23 at the time of my original motorcycle accident and original fusion surgery. This second surgery was a month and a half ago, my original one was July 13 2010. I'm in good physical condition considering I have to use a walker, I work out at the gym at least 3 times a week and I weigh 160 or so. I don't smoke, or use any tobacco and drink maybe once a week. I was in physical therapy but was discharged due to pain from this last surgery until I'm able to work out a solution. I've communicated my concerns to the doctor and he has kept blowing me off. The problem is my GP is tied directly to my spinal surgeon and they keep sending me to friends and partners of him. I'm on a few medications for pain, yes.
  • Lili_InuLLili_Inu Posts: 633
    edited 06/28/2012 - 12:31 PM
    You have to find a doctor who is not in that circle of friends. In fact, if I were you, I would meet with a couple of spine specialists to access your current condition. Surgeons will blow you off and pass you onto a pain management doctor because they never will admit that the surgery was not a success. They feel that their job is done and sometimes it does just take time for healing to take it's course. I am glad I had my 1 level surgery, but I still have pain eventhough my surgery was over a year ago. Be proactive and seek out others who can give you some answers. Good luck!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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