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Spinal fusion

FentanalFFentanal Posts: 5
edited 03/18/2015 - 4:22 PM in New Member Introductions
I had laminectomy in 1980 since then I've had a lot of pain on and off been going to the pain clinic for many years,in the last few years I was diagnosed with spinal stenoses,
I had a spinal fusion 9 weeks ago,the surgeon said the nerves were crushed and had been for many years.
since the op I'm unable to walk my knees give way and I fallen 7 times 3 in hospital and 4 at home.
I am numb in my right leg and both feet,it's my left leg that I have a lot of pain and most of the time it's my left leg that gives way.before my op I didn't have much pain in my left leg,I had sciatica very painful in my right leg.
When I went in to hospital I was told I'd be in for 4 for days I had my op in the same place I'd had it in 1980,
The day after surgery in January I had a xray then a cat-scan the next day a MRI after that I had to go back for more surgery as I had a blood clot,the surgeon said these are his words he'd flushed out the clot and debri I was in hospital for 4 wks
When I came home I couldn't walk I crawled on my hands and knees with my husband pushing me up the stairs,
I'm concerned as I'm getting shock stinging pain in my legs and feet,I've not had any pain at all where the surgery was done I really thought I would especially as the wound had been opened up 3 times.
I would love to know when the nerves are getting better what symptoms are their,is it the pain I'm having or something else if it's the pain then I can live with that after yrs of pain I have a high pain threshold.
I'm working hard on my physio I can only do it laying on my bed,
Can any one tell me the symptoms that lets you know they are getting better
Many Thanks

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  • The nerve was left under pressure for too long. Surgery fixed the structure, but the outcome was not good. I had the same weakness, falling and what not. A cane helped there. My right leg is suffering with shooting pain like bee stings and electric shocks.

    I found a wonderful place that has a lovely 90 degree pool to exercise in. This improved my leg strength so I could walk better. The more I am out of bed the less pain I feel.

    It ain't perfect. I have to catheter now, and the neuropathy is spreading down my leg. Beats the hell outta laying in bed for three years. Hang in there.
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