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One more Loose Screw - Welcome back to me!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in New Member Introductions
Well, I was a member of the old forums and am finally getting back to being able to sit again for periods of time more than a restroom break. :))(
My condition isn't better really, I had L5-S1 Lami & Fusion (May 5-08) which is fine, everything is in it's place and healing. It's all the other crap that happened from the surgery and canceled PT afterword that I'm worried about. My T-spine has been worse since the surgery and a new pain in my tailbone that causes extreme pain having a bowel movement or burning pain in my lower back when walking/excercising. And a burning cramping pain in my left leg/calf area that feels like I'm stretching it to far or something but when I use it more it just hurts worse. The Neuro doesn't want to address the new problems since his screws are in place - that's all he will say, "but the screws are in place"... "There's an axe sticking out of my head doc", and he replies "But the screws are in place".
So, what does one do?

I'm back with hopes to find some more answers and fight this stuff and doctors head on again at least until I get what I need! Fair & Proper Treatment!!!

I'm at the end of my Neuro giving me Narcotics and probably even seeing me and I'm getting worried because I rely on one 5/325 Percocet along with my Lyrica, Robaxin, Alieve & 1/2Cup of Coffee in the morning to get me moving around. Even still, it takes me more than 30 minutes to get to a point where I can stand the pain and take a shower or move around... We tried one weeks treatment of strong steroids for the nerve damage early on which helped the nerve pain in my legs and feet but it didn't help any other pain or symptoms. That is all he has done in 3 months aside from checking to see if there was a blood clot in my leg (I'm good). (|:
I suppose I could get out my tool kit and move a screw or two around? That would at least stop the use of his famous line...
It might get some much needed attention too!
I am actually looking for some comforting yet strict words here, from those who really know - if you're aloof then just click on... (PLEASE)



  • Sorry for your pain (and close-minded doc), M. Welcome to SH and hope you find the relief and some answers you need.
  • :) hi and welcome to the new forum! we are still here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so you are looking for some comfort with a kick in the behind thrown in! well i am all for the truth myself as well. the pain you are feeling is distressing indeed! what is your next move? perhaps it is time to try another doctor? this is the extent of my ability to offer you new suggestions or has this been in your mind already? i hope you find what you need here anyway! Jenny :)
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  • the neuro for sure. So many surgeons are like that. Once their job is done they are done with you whether you are better or not. I would strongly suggest another opinion and if all else fails getting in to pain management. None of us like the end result to be PM but when it comes down to it whatever reduces the pain is what we have to go with. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • OK, some comments....

    You said 'cancelled PT'. PT often typically starts after a single level fusion around 3-4 months, but depends on individual surgeons views and, of course, how the patient is doing. You are at 3 months now. Were you due to start but you or your surgeon cancelled because of your pain? Or, what else is behind this? Just interested as 3 months is probably a little early to be commencing PT anyway...

    Those infamous words from your Neuro "but the screws are in place..." How does he know this? Has he x-rayed you to 1) determine whether all hardware is exactly as it should be? (screws do break and or can move, dislodge or cause other problems - I had that!) and 2) to determine whether your bone is fusing? A plain x-ray determines both of these.

    An MRI (with contrast) may also be useful to see whether there are any new issues such as disc bulges or nerve root impingements.

    As painintheback says it could be time to fire your Neuro or at least go and seek a second opinion from another good spine surgeon (either another Neuro or an orthopedic spine surgeon).

    You could also consider seeking out a good Physical Therapist but one who specialises in spinal rehab after surgery and discuss whether PT is likely to help.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

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