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mother mariemmother marie Posts: 1
edited 01/18/2016 - 8:31 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi im new would like any ideas on my pain. i had back surgey 6 mos ago have been back to work 4 mos. i had spinal fusion bone graft spinal rod a cage screws&bracket. i have been having alot pain esp. shoveling snow vacuming& mopping is a rel killer!!! any ideas&support.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Mother Marie -

    Six months is not that long in the world of spine surgery. Your are probably still healing. What strikes me is that you are shoveling snow! I would probably give up that activity until you get an okay from your doctor to do it. Mopping is another activity that is extremely hard on your back and so is vacuuming.

    You might need to lower your expectations on what you are physically able to do now and in the long run. It might be better if you never shoveled snow again, ever. I have had to get used to a house that is not as immaculate as I once used to keep it. Most of us find this is the case. Others are able to hire handymen or other helpers with general cleaning and upkeep.

    Take it easy and don't do activities that could cause permanent damage or setbacks. Run these things by your doctor and get a clearance if you are determined to continue to do them.

    It sounds like your surgery went well and I hope you continue to improve. Don't push it.

    Take care.
    Scoliosis and other problems at every level.

    2013: C-5 to C-6 ADR
    2014: C-5 to C-6 fusion/revision of failed ADR
    2014: Total hip replacement, right

    Cancelled multi-level fusion - fear being more crippled and in more pain.
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