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fourandcountingffourandcounting Posts: 1
edited 12/04/2014 - 8:35 AM in New Member Introductions
I have had 1 discectomy and 3 spinal fusions from S1 - L3. I just had my last surgery in March of this year and still have the same problem, minus the legs going numb, with terrible pain in my lower back when I stand for any period for over 5 minutes. It has now started hurting when I sleep and when I walk. The ortho surgeon says no more medicine as I shouldn't need it and am not really sure what to do. I understand doctors are afraid to write pain medicine prescriptions, but this is a problem and I am not really sure what to do.


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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 12/04/14 13:51
My pain began around 2004 or 2005 and my 1st surgery was in 2007. No accident but just wear and tear from my jobs. ( 1 with no heavy work and 1 with) I have had the same orthopedic doctor since I had a cervical fusion in 2000. (different problem from lifting weights) I have had 4 surgeries including the discectomy. I currently take muscle relaxers and hydrocodone 3-325. The ortho doctor told me that I need to take over the counter medicine since it has been 6 months since I have had surgery. I finished PT and don't have plans to see him again for 6 months.

Tim Grubbs


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