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Newbie, Just had spinal bone grafts from L3 to tailbone

SoLost090821SSoLost090821 Posts: 1
edited 01/21/2016 - 11:30 PM in New Member Introductions
The surgery ended up taking 7 hours instead of the 2 hours it was suppose to have. Upon entering my back the mess that was revealed was over 100% worse than my neuro surgeon ever expected. The meds I am on are suppose to help relieve some of the pain, unfortunately whatever tolerance I have developed, they do nothing for the pain anymore. My pain is also different, instead of the electrocuting shocks, it is now, stabbing, throbbing, tearing, aching pain starting at my back waist where it shoots around to my stomach only to completely encase me from there to my toes. My groin feels like it is being shredded, my legs feel like they are being pulled apart from the inside out, from my back to the middle of my butt it feels like a metal access panel has been bolted inside. I feel like it's never going to get any better, like the pain I had before was way more manageable then this. I have a constant hopeless feeling. My surgery was done 01.13.016, I know it hasn't been that long but I thought maybe I would feel some difference. Oh and the most insane information I received from my neuro surgeon 5 hours after the surgery was finished is that I am now taller and the way the cages and grafts are, I will continue to grow for at least the next 2 years or until the grafts finally finish fusion. I am so scared, frustrated not to mention in too much pain for me to see clear enough to see the upside or benefit of any of this. At 38 years old, I never imagined having to deal with anything like this. I have always been extremely active and independent, now I can't even use the bathroom without my husband having to come home from work to help me walk and help me up, not to mention change my bandages 2-3 times a day. Does anyone have any advise or words of encouragement?? I am sorry if I sound like I am whining, I am honestly and truly scared of what my future hold.
Thank you all for your time.
Jessica Adams


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    edited 01/21/2016 - 11:30 PM
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