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would love to walk again

tschrecttschrec Posts: 1
edited 09/15/2015 - 7:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am a 56 year old female and have been limping and hobbling along since last January. It continued to get worse and I went for the MRI and then to neurologist. The MRI showed arthritis and a spur on my L4. I had surgery on August 13th and after a little over a month, I still cannot walk without a walker. Before this year, I have always been very active. Now, It takes all I have to walk across the room. I don't have pain any other time except when I walk and that consists of pain in my lower back and down my right leg. The right leg is very weak and unstable. My doctor just says be patient but I can't tell any difference what so ever. He gave me a steroid in tablet form and there was still no improvement at all. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I'm sorry for what you are going through.
    Your statement of it only hurts when I walk....well,must be very frustrating to say the least.
    But what could be normal or expected healing process for one, may be very different for another.
    Doctor would know best.

    You don't say what kind of surgery you had, that I can see....and curious if your doctor did any follow up testings, like MRI...

    None of us here are medical professionals, but with a little more information, members may respond with their personal experiences.
    Myself, I've never been candidate for surgery, so can't speak to that.

    It may be helpful to use the search on this site, upper right on page, type in your concern, maybe recovery after surgery.. Or whatever are your concerns...
    There is a wealth of information on this site that may be helpful to you. Also, many articles and videos...maybe read or watch video about your surgery, etc...and you may come up with more specific questions that you could write little list for your doctor.

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 721
    edited 09/20/2015 - 8:45 PM
    Dear Tschrec

    Still on a walker after a month seems like a long time to me... but I'm not a professional... just someone who has been through the ringer on back surgeries and back pain. On my first surgery once I woke up I was almost pain free as far as spinal nerve pain... of course there was the pain of the surgery site but the extreme nerve pain in my lower right buttocks region that was there prior to the surgery was completely gone. After my second surgery (by the same surgeon) when I woke up ALL of the sciatic pain down my right leg/foot that was still there EXACTLY like before the surgery... I was really upset and frustrated. When I asked my surgeon he gave the same exact reply as your surgeon... be patient... and like you I was really super annoyed and frustrated not to mention struggling with the pain. It was only after 4 months that quite amazingly one day I woke up with like zero pain... I couldn't believe it. When I told my surgeon about it he just gave me a sly ... I told you so smile... and then he said that sometimes it takes that long for the inflammation in the spinal nerve column and nerve roots to calm down. So in the end he was right... but the first 4 months were hell. One of things I did to make the first 4 months tolerable after my second surgery was I took Oxycodone once a day... but be careful this is a powerful and addicting drug and should only be taken if your doctor agrees and prescribes it. I hope this helps... and I hope you get better soon.
    Harry - 62 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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