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lower back pain and legs

gundy90ggundy90 Posts: 1
edited 06/24/2015 - 7:56 PM in Chronic Pain
OK I'm a wounded combat veteran who had 2 lower back surgeries. L4 and L5 fusion. About 3 days ago I woke up and been hurting from my surgery location down into every joint down. My legs feel very weak but I can walk fine. I can take pain just fine but never felt this. It feels like it's getting worse. Should I go to the hospital? I can see a doctor and a surgeon through the VA cause I'm covered through any back problems but I will be stuck waiting 2 weeks to a month just to get into a doctor.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I think you are the only one to answer that...ER ? or wait?
    I'm horribly surprised that VA doesn't have a way to respond to emergency situations.

    And there is no way to talk with your surgeon or his nurse over the phone? So your doctor can guide you?

    If that is your medical coverage...no other health insurance...and money is a concern, I understand your hesitating.
    On the other hand, this worsening pain may be trying to tell you, and doctors, something and need attention.

    For myself, personally, I can not manage myself when my pain level at its highest. It seems to take on a life of its own with pain causing severe nausea and vomiting..no sleep, no comfortable position, no hydration, etc...
    I have chosen to go to ER for lessening of symptoms and tests to see if condition worsened or changed.

    Maybe while you are deciding, you could make appointment with VA to get in as soon as possible....and then have option to go to ER when you're body makes that loud and clear.

    I want to thank you for serving! I am so sorry you were wounded and have such painful conditions.
    Please keep us posted on your decision and how you progress
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