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Pain after surgery

I am a newbie with a question regarding post op pain. I did great and was at 100% within 6 weeks following L4/L5/S1 fusion and thrilled. Suddenly the next morning I could not roll over in bed or stand/walk as my legs were very weak and I was experiencing sever nerve pain in my back and down both legs. Doc had x rays done which he claims, look fine, then MRI. It is not usual he states to go from great to bad without reason. Any ideas???? Waiting on the MRI report and, oh yes, he will be away until the 10th. Please help........joanne_n_nj

ACDF 3 Level 5/28/2014
PLIF L4/L5/S1 4/2013


  • Hi Joanne, I'm so sorry to hear of your pain. You had the exact surgery I had before this new one I had, which is L3. I know that prenison works well and tramadol is great but what really helped me is he Celebrex. I'm currently waiting to be schedule for a cortisone shot. Please keep me updated on your progress. What meds did he give you? I'll keep you posted too
  • Healing from fusions can be very frustrating... it seems like you'd improve a little each day, but that isn't true... there are always huge set backs as well as huge improvements. At least that has been my experience. I love neurotin for nerve pain, though it takes weeks to months to really see a different, I have found it helps in my recoveries. I do think you should always keep your surgeon posted of any set backs because it is possible something has slipped, etc and needs immediate attention (again... experience... sigh), but usually it is just the normal healing. Hope your MRI turns out well.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Had ACDF C#3-4-5 2 weeks ago and have been doing quite well. Couldn't sleep last night and moved from chair to guestroom, to couch, to bed. While in the bathroom this AM I got dizzy and grabbed the towel bar to keep from falling. Didn't here any snap, crack, or pop sounds. Took a deep breath and headed for my recliner. took an oxicodone 5 mg and laid down for a 4 hour nap, Now I woke up with an intense headache (first sense surgery). Had a minced ham sandwich and a diet coke thinking maybe I was just hungry, Head still hurts-tried ice pack. Scared I might have dislocated surgery stuff. Do I call my surgeons office. Not suppost to take any of the typical headache meds.
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