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7 months post-op - can't sit, walk, or stand without extreme pain

SydcelSSydcel Posts: 1
edited 08/21/2013 - 10:38 AM in Chronic Pain
I had a L2-L3-L4 fusion in January 2013. 2 days post-op I felt great and was sent home. 4 days post-op I was rushed back to the hospital by ambulance and had to have all the hardware removed because my bones were bleeding and I had developed an extremely large hematoma that was strangling my spinal cord. I am now 7 months post-op and the only time I'm not in pain is when I lay in bed. I have extreme pain whenever I sit, stand, or walk for more than 20 minutes. I just returned to work full time about 2 weeks ago, and feel like I'm going to die from the pain. Are my results common? My surgeon has sent me for MRIs and they reveal no justification for the pain. I'd love to hear from anyone with suggestions or recommendations.


  • I think you have to post this in the pain forum. I'm usually under cervical since 8 weeks had C3 to C7 and I hope all pain goes soon. Hopefully 7 months down the road my neck has fused. I have L5/S1 that need fusion but when neck is healed I will probably go to a Chiropractor since I believe I don't want any more surgeries . Hopefully you will get some much needed relief and this site will be very helpful for you.
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    I can only tell you that it takes time, lots and lots of it , to recover from the surgery itself, but even more of it to get back some of the stamina and endurance that we had previously. My first surgery was in 2006 and I am finally at the best stamina and endurance wise that I have ever been since that first and second surgery.
    Fusion surgery is no picnic, and while they tell us it can take a year for fusion, there isn't any discussion or time frame on how we recover from the inactivity and stamina loss that we had prior to our injury. Physical therapy helps, walking does, alternating sitting for 5 minutes, then standing for 5, and then slowly extending the time helps, pushing through the pain some helps but it is mostly time and learing to adapt, modify and then push past our limits a bit at a time that gets us back on our feet.....
  • 12 years post op, 4 back surgeries, and i still have pain, can't stand or walk and need a cane. one has to learn to adjust in life. you might or might not have pain for the rest of your life. yes i work and try to deal with the pain. there is nothing else i can do so i put it in the back of my mind and get on with life.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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