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Pain after surgery

I have chronic lower back pain from lumbar spinal fusion surgery since mid '07. I've been taking 50mg of Tramadol 2/day and have increased to 3/day plus I use a tens unit to assist me when I walk. My pain has increased so much now that there is absolutely no relief whatsoever. The constant searing, electrical like feeling I have more so in all of my entire right leg and periodically in my left has left me pretty much immobile for much of the day. I saw my personal physician about this and he referred me to a doctor of physical therapy. I feel like I've been misdiagnosed and that they perception of what happening is all muscular. They are assuming that what I need is a heavy dose of physical therapy. I have been doing aquatic exercises for about 3 months before my symptoms took hold. I feel like these folks might want to study up on the long term nerve problems from this type of surgery and not to be so quick at wanting to get too physical with therapy first. I'm in my late 50's and 6' 5" am not overweight. Worked outside heavy industry for 30 yrs. All of my L's are screwed to my vertebrae with rod supports and to S-1 also. What do you think?


  • Hi so sorry for what you are going through. It is very tough when you get things going on
    that scare you. You know your body better than anyone else. I was sent to a Physical Therapy
    and the orders were deep muscle therapy/massage. He said those Doctor's drive me nuts,
    you are in no shape for that kind of treatment. Then "he said don't tell them I will get in trouble".
    If I was you I would get a second opinion for sure. I fought a problem for 2 1/2 years and finally
    the fourth doctor found out what was wrong.
    Please let us know how it comes out ok we care about you.
    Try to find some sunshine it is out there one way or another.
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  • Yes I agree, if it's not physical therapy it's in my head. I haven't had my stem cell surgery yet but I did everything there was to do. If I couldn't stand, sit or bend then how do you do physical therapy? I had to wait 2 years for surgery and prior about 4 different doctors it has been very costly. Walking is the best thing you can do. After my surgery, when I'm able that's what I'll do. I cannot afford $25-$40 2 or 3 times a week. I have been on disability after working 32 years the last 6 in terrible pain. I'm not ready for a wheel chair yet.
    I think your right, some doctors send you to thereby either because they don't know what the problem is or they think you don't know what your talking about. P Therapy is not the answer to everything finding the problem out should be what a good doc should do
    Debbie Christian
  • my dad is same problem....
    5month before
  • mj.mckendrymmj.mckendry Posts: 2
    edited 02/25/2014 - 6:06 AM
    If your are having chronic pain after all this time since surgery you should think about seeing a pain specialist. That what I had to do and I was Dx with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
    MJ McKendry
    Pittsboro NC
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