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severe pain post op

lizardrae78llizardrae78 Posts: 2
edited 02/27/2015 - 5:22 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had back surgery on December 11th and I am in more pain now then prior to surgery. I'm afraid I will be permanently disabled because of this. I am still out of work and it's scary. Let me explain my crazy situation. I went in on the 11th of Dec and 3 days later I was put in a medical coma and a ventilator down my throat (intubation). Apparently I got pneumonia in both lungs, and my oxygen went down below 70. I don't remember much at all. So I did not get out of hospital until Dec. 31st. I have seen my surgeon twice since surgery. He said my catscan showed some of the bone graphing fell out. He says it's okay for now, but is that why my pain level is so high? Does that mean my body is rejecting the surgery?


  • What a terrible experience! You must be very stressed. I assume you had a fusion. By itself, with optimal conditions, that is an extraordinarily painful surgery, let alone the complications you had. Did your dr prepare you at all for what to expect during recovery? I was off work for 4 months for a single level fusion, and have been in chronic pain since, although it is well controlled now.
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