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3 fusions in back-3 weeks later....pain!

I was wondering if anyone who has had fusions in the back- I had three- three weeks ago- my back is stiff.....cant get comfortable when sleeping......cant reach my feet too well -doing things like putting on my socks and shoes--but the worst thing is the pain in my legs.....both legs just hurt and hurt.......thighs and calves......it doesnt seem so bad when Im walking....but when I sit or lay down it just wont stop........does this go away? I go to the doctor monday for my visit since surgery.....I hope and pray this goes away.........I had this surgery to help with pain.......Im praying this is just part of the recovery.......people dont seem to understand when I tell them how Im hurting......they think Im supposed to be running a marathon at this point!!! help!


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  • I had my ALIF 2 years ago .I remember the first 6 weeks I was unable to do anything I was zombied on my recliner the pain was unbelievable ,people think that a fusion will take their pain away ,,this ..in many cases is not true ,,a fusion is does to stabilise the spine if there is any pain reduction ..then that's a bonus ..a fusion can take upto 3 years to fully heal ,I have had 3 spinal operations and I have just been told that the adjacent disk may have failed and I may require more surgery .don't be in a hurry a fusion is a major operation and take a long time to heel .take your time and be carful not to cause more damage to it ,good luck
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • First of all, you should NOT be doing any bending, lifting or twisting at all, since you just had surgery, three weeks ago, unless you want to undo all of the good of having the surgery.
    You need to check the discharge instructions and post op restrictions you were given by the surgeon prior to having the surgery to make sure that you are following the instructions and restrictions at all times.
    It is common to have increased leg pain and spasms, as well as back spasms post op and they may continue for some time, but there are medications that you can take to ease those problems.
    Sitting for short periods of time, walking, short distances at first, then slowly increasing your distance and endurance , laying down resting as needed, are all of the usual restrictions post fusion.
    As backache said, fusion surgery is done to correct a mechanical problem, not to relieve pain. The success of the surgery is in the joint no longer moving, not in pain reduction, if that occurs, it is a bonus.
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