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Can't stand up straight

SilverbackSSilverback Posts: 1
edited 12/25/2013 - 3:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had posterior bilateral L2-L4 laminectomy decompression and right sided L2-L3 and L3-4 micodiskectomies and instrumented fusion from L1 to S1 with right sided L2-3 and L3-4 capstone cages, bilateral L1 and S1 vertebroplasties. My operation was in February of 2013, I still have back pain, nerve pain down both legs, the right leg is much worse, partial numbness in left knee, partial to full numbness in my right leg, almost from my foot to my thigh and I can't stand up straight. When the surgeon had me in to office following a MRI and CT scan he said where my nerves come out of the spine looks really good now so I said to him, why do I have so much nerve pain in pain in my legs then, he explained that it could be caused by scar tissue that would ease in time or sometimes when the nerves go through trauma sometimes they just act like that. I can't stand up straight, that is my major issue, I can put up with the nerve pain and the numbness I would just like to be able to stand up straight again and get rid of my walker and get balk on my cane
I explained my situation a lot better to you than I did in my own posting. I think I will copy and paste this in my posting


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    I have never heard anything like this before. Yes, there are many that can not straighten up for a while after surgery and then there are those that can not straighten up for an hour or so in the morning.

    But for it to be this ongoing, I wouldn't have a clue. The fact that both of your doctors dont understand makes it more puzzling.

    Just curious, where is the pain that is preventing you from standing straight? Lower, Mid or Upper back? The only reason I even mention has any of your doctors prescribed muscle relaxers for you? Many times, this type of medication can help with the upper level of muscles. Just thinking out loud
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  • Apparently there is a condition where the curvature of the lumbar spine is changed and it makes it hard for a person to stand up fully straight. I started researching it when I myself could not seem to maintain an upright posture after my fusion surgery. What I read, however, was that this applied mainly to people who had scoliosis surgery using older techniques that over-straightened the spine. I got to see my latest X-rays this week and I still have a lumbar curvature so I was somewhat reassured. Also, I've been in PT three times a week to strengthen core muscles and begin to work out the atrophy and contractures that developed in my hips over the past two years, and the therapist believes that my posture and gait will improve as these issues are dealt with. I have noticed some improvement though i still have to consciously hold myself upright. Have you received any physical therapy? Have you considered seeking another orthopedic opinion?
  • I too have never heard this after surgery. I couldn't stand up straight when I had herniated discs, not saying that you have a bad disc. I would lean over to the right, like my left hip was pushed up. It was very painful. I hope you doctors can figure out what is going on. Keep us posted.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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