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Is this normal????? after Laminectomy and Lumbar Fusion

Laurie AnnLLaurie Ann Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:T Since having surgery on my Lumbar /Fusion-Laminectomy/Rod and screws, I have been in more pain than ever! 1st/ what have you had in the way of prescription to control pain? I am on vicodin 750mg, neurontin, and flexeril.
2nd/I am having pain in both hips and i feel like i have my brace on when i dont.THe pain was so bad Saturday that I ended up crying. Called Doc office they couldnt prescribe another narcotic, they couldnt until today. I havent called them back becasue I have a pain specialist. I called there and he's off today, they said they would speak to him in the morning. Has anyone experienced these physical issue?


  • I am very new at this so please bear with me. What did you have done to your lumbar?
  • when did you have the fusion and what levels?

    My NS sent me home with

    Fentanyl Patches -switching today to percocets because I don't think they work well. These are for extended relief ((72 hours)).

    Norco (like Vicoden) I am taking 2 every 6 hours around the clock.

    Flexerile not working as well as the valium so I am getting the valium refilled

    I am 3 weeks out today and I am walking about 30-40 minutes daily. I think I need to break that out to 10-15 minutes at a time and I will work on that.

    My brother had a cervical fusion before his lumbar fusion and he was surprized at the difference in pain and time for the lumbar fusion.

    I try with meds to keep my painlevel between 3-5, but if I fall behind on my meds my level goes to 8-10.

    I hope this helps a little,

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  • You never told us how many days / months psot op you are?

    Please don't suffer in silence...go back and see someone
  • I had my fusion surgery 6/26/08 and also have the pain in both hips. I really think most of my pain in the hip was where they took the bone for the graft. Maybe it also radiates to the other hip??? It has gotten a little better, but I go to the doc on Wed. and will find out what is going on. Hope you start feeling better soon!
  • When was your surgery? Hope doc provides you some relief in the morning. If pain gets so bad I start crying, then it's time to go to ER.
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  • I had lumbar fusion at L-3/L-4 on 5-1-08 and also had pain in both hips. Ns told me it was my si joints so the pain doc gave me epidural injections and that helped quite a bit for a month or so. I would ask your doc about this.
  • I'm 5 1/2 weeks postop and still having pain in my hips. I have a popping, bones rubbing sound when I walk. I can't really tell if it's in my hips or back. I had the anterior fusion surgery. Before going in my right leg was tingling, numb at times, and pain sometimes. After surgery, my left leg was numb and would just fall over if I tried to lift it. After 5 visits to physical therapy, it's gotten some better, but still very weak. I hurt if I sit very long or sit on a soft surface. All my muscles ache and feel sore all the time lately. I have a very tight binding feeling around my stomach and hips and legs too. I take robaxin as a muscle relaxer and keep trying to do the stretches they've taught me. I also have lorcet plus that I take about 3 times a day. It doesn't take everything away but makes things bearable.

    I'm supposed to go back to work next week, sitting at a desk job all day. I'm very worried about it and how I will feel.

    I hope you get some relief and we all heal up from these surgeries soon. I've read others saying at about 3 months, they felt better...so we have a ways to go still.
  • On the Doctors paper that went to my health provider, it said I was having srgery for:
    L-4/5 Lamenectomy/Fusion/Instruments(rods and screws)
    I had surgery August 12, 2008/7 days post op.
  • I did not have a graft taken from hip, they used bone they took out and "bone glue. I told my husband husband tonight, I feel numbness r a sense of toghtness in my back where bandage still covers. He checked to see if there was new blood on the bandages-none!!!
  • Ummm, at 7 days youre gonna be sore. Incredibley sore...crying sore even. The first two weeks are an absolute hell. That's normal. I wanted to die at 7 days post op I was in so much pain. It gets better in time. Each week you'll see improvement.
    If your pain meds. arent coverin your pain, ask for something stronger.

    Best Wishes,
    Christina :)
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