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More pain after multi level fusion

Murphy1089MMurphy1089 Posts: 6
edited 08/25/2015 - 3:52 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi my name is Mike and I don't know if it is just me or if others have had these problems to. When I was 17 I was diagnosed with kyphosis a 150 degree curve of my spine. At that time I under went a surgery to fuse T3-L2 which was painful but got better every day. In 2012 I had an accident and fell from a 2.5 story building landing on a curb which crushed my L3 vertebrae. Mind you at the time I had no insurance and the hospital told me I would heal on my own just take bed rest for a couple months. Well I did that and finally got back to work 3 months later after two years has passed I started getting serious pain in my back my side and down my legs m. I was Mia diagnosed due to my acid reflux and they took my gallbladder. Well the pain never went away so I sought out a spinal specialist to check out my back.. He told me the hea y fusion (T3-L2) on top of my compression fracture hade deteriorated my discs and the bone was crumbling. At this point I was on a lot of pain meds and still things got worse a couple months later I got drop foot in my left ankle. Then I started to loose muscle strength in my left leg. My surgeon suggested I do a surgery to decompress the nerves around L3 and fuse L2-L4 which at this point I would do anything to get back to living. So I did the surgery 2 weeks ago turns out my L3 was to weak to lift and decompress the nerves and the old hardware would fit with the new so while I was out the dr removed my old hardware from L1-L2 and refused me from L1-L5 (leaving me now fused from T3-L5). Immediately after the surgery the pain was 100 times worse to be expected. After about 5 days I was sent home on 2 perc. 10s every 4 hours and 10 mg of. Valium every 6 hours. Since I have been home the pain has been getting worse. My hips have sharp pains all day I can hardly walk laying down hurts almost as much as standing and sitting only adds to the pain. Since my surgery I have not had more then 2 hours of sleep at a time keeping me up at all hours in pain. Well after my first round of meds ran out I called in my refill and my dr lowered me to 7.5 every 4-6 hours and not to call again until my follow up. Not to complain but the two 10 Mgs every 4 hours where barley helping. The last 3 days I have gotten maybe 2 hours of sleep here and there at random times and I'm up by 6 am and can't fall back asleep. My main question is it normal for pain to continuely get worse after a surgery like this and not start easing up. I have followed all the instructions I just don't know what to do. Any suggestions would be helpful sorry to make the story so long just wanted to explain it all.

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  • FhunnyFFhunny Posts: 1
    edited 08/25/2015 - 11:57 PM
    I'm kind of having the same problem i had discectomy+laminotomy l4-l5 last monday 8/17 today is 8/25 a week later and my pain is worse . i can barely walk constantly crying if i do. So i went back to the doctor today and they gave me another mri said i could have reherniated and will call in the morning and let me know. But i just don't understand how this could have happened in just a week!

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  • My concerns are the same it has been a week in a half now and my pain feels like it has tripled. My problem is my dr refuses to call me back and it took 4 days and a trip to the er to finally get a call. All she told me is don't worry you will be fine and dropped my pain meds by .25% saying I need to learn to deal. Idk what too do I hope you get better soon buddy. I think maybe it is time to find a better dr.
    Michael Murphy
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