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post lumbar surgery pain

gunfightermanggunfighterman Posts: 1
edited 12/06/2015 - 2:04 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had two major lumbar spine surgeries and several rt hip revisions over the past five years. My last back surgery was in early July 2014 in which I had to be fused from L2 - S1 with rods, screws, cages and grafts. This surgery was supposed to "cure" me of all of the back, leg and foot pain I was having. We'll it's been almost 18 months now and we'll over three six week physical therapy sessions but I'm still having excruciating low back pain but the leg and foot pain has been rectified.

I am currently taking 200mg of trazadone to help me sleep although I didn't sleep a wink last night plus I take 75mg of Lyrica twice a day oh and I'm taking 5000mg - 6000mg of acetaminophen throughout the day, I can not take any aspirin or nsaids due to an allergy. I know exactly what folks will say about taking such a large dose of acetaminophen but it's what I have to do to be able to move about through the day.

My neurosurgeon told me it was time to wean off the narcotic paid meds so I did what I was told. I kept telling the Dr that I was still in significant back pain but his only reply was "that's impossible because scientific study says I should no loner be in pain". Most of the time my day is spent sitting or reclining in my Lazy Boy or doing simple daily tasks around our home. I used to be a real gym rat, karate instructor and in tip top shape but over the last 18 months I've gained a lot of weight, get out of breath easily and can't even walk around the block without being in horrible back pain.

I don't what to do or where to turn for help anymore with my neurosurgeon telling me "it's impossible " I still have such bad back pain. Can someone plz, plz give me some advice because I don't honestly know how much more of this lifestyle I can take, matter of fact I'm in tears as I write this thinking it's all a fail now days.

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  • the only advice I can really give is to ask if you have sought out a second opinion. Secondly, it seems as if your surgeon should not be doing any sort of pain management at this point, he should refer you to a pain management physician, who is of course an expert in these things.
    Right before my Lumbar fusion, my surgeon told me that there was a risk of continued back pain, but that my leg pain should be fixed. Sound as if that may be what occurred with you.
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