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Hi everyone...I'm Patty..I had a laminectomy,and fusion at L3/4 with bone graft and rod and pedicel screws 10 wks ago.a little rough in the hospital due in part to me not stopping my alleve prior to surgery..wasn't told, but really no excuse..so my drain had to stay in for 5 days due to bleeding and after the first two days on morphine( which I was feeling not bad) they had to take me off of it and I have not been able to take anything for pain since day 3. I got sick on everything..needless to say was like laying on a bed of glass! I feel like the leg pain I was having from my slipped vertebrae is gone. I take Motrin maybe once a week..wish I could take it every day but I've read it is detrimental to a successful fusion..I have been wearing a bone growth stimulator 24 hrs a day except when I shower so hopefully that will help..also I chew nicorette gum which I informed them but they didn't say anything ,then I read where nicotine is poisonous to bone..well it's kinda too late now.,but we"ll see. My biggest problem now is the pressure in my incision..feels like swelling and pressure but looks good on the outside.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    You are still so 'young' in terms of post surgery time frame. For many of us , it takes a very long time before we see some neutral grounds.

    What would really help everyone here is if you could provide us with some more details.

    - How long you have been dealing with this problem
    - What diagnostic tests were done and what where their results
    - What your doctors recommended for you
    - What surgeries have you had (we already know you have had one)
    - What medications are you taking

    The more we know about you, the easier it will be for other members to respond to some of your questions.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I have been dealing with back pai for approximately the last 35 years.i was a high school custodian for 28 years then had to retire due to rheumatoid arthritis. I had severe flares and within 18 months a wonderful rheumatologist got me in remission with the use of 2.5 prednisone daily w/ plaque nil/ &methotexate, but my back continually got worse over time then I was hit into by a car from the rear and my leg within days started to hurt down my thigh and into my pelvis..I tried chiropractic and shots and it got progressively worse..3 months later I had an MRI which showed the slippage in my L3/4. My leg was in a lot of pain and becoming weaker every day . After the neurosurgeon did tests on my leg etc. I was told I had to have a fusion surgery as soon as possible. This is my first surgery..I say first because everything I read leads me to believe there will inevitably be more because of the stress a fusion puts on the remaining vertebrae..I am on no medication except the 2.5 prednisone and the plaquinil I take for my rheumatoid and vitamins also I take a 800 mg. Motrin once a week. I try to save it for the worst day because as I mentioned I read that anti-inflammatory meds inhibit a successful fusion.
  • I also just wanted to say what a wonderful thing this forum is so that people that are going through these operations can compare and ask others that are going through the same thing.. I wasn't told much of anything and I guess I didn't ask because I really didn't know what to ask..it all happened so fast..now I have a clearer picture of what to expect and why some things are hurting or swollen etc.. I just want to say Thank You!
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