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still in pain 3 months after back surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was just wondering if anyone has had this problem? On June 4th, I had back surgery, a microdiscectomy, my leg pain has stopped along with the tingling and numbness, but I am in total agony, my dr. said I was still having muscle spasms, but I cannot stand for longer than 3-4 minutes at a time, sitting for longer than 5-10 minutes is equally agonizing, my doctor told me before the surgery that people like me who have a history of depression tend to make their pain out worse than it actually is, but I know how I feel, what happens after surgery? what else can be done to relieve the pain? all info is appreciated. I was also wondering if seeing a chiropractor or neurosurgeon would be a good idea. Thanks, Rhonda


  • :) hi!i see this is your first post and i want to welcome you to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. perhaps you need to see another doctor. you have an awful lot going on and aren't getting any relief. what treatments are you currently doing? what medications? depression can make pain worse but you sound like your pain is very bad. i wouldn't let the doctor tell me that was my problem though. you know your pain is real. take care of your self and seek other medical advice! good luck! Jenny :)
  • I experienced much the same as you after my MicroD except I could not even lift my r leg. My doc did nerve blocks and a 6 level rhizotomy after surgery and it only gave me a little relief. Meds are probably what will help you. If I had to guess I would say that the pain might be coming from your facet joints. My doc says that this is common after MicroD. I would definately find a new doc. This doc sounds like he thinks it is all in your haed and many docs are too arrogant to admit that you may really still be in pain after they have operated on you. Your best bet is another doc who will truly listen and help you with your pain. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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  • have you tried ice 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off? this was a great help to me post op.
  • What type of doc did your surgery? I would avoid chiros as they actually made my back worse before surgery.
  • I had a microdiscectomy May 1... My pain has gotten progressively worse since then... Specifically the leg pain. The only thing that SOMEWHAT helped was Aquatic physical therapy. It helps strengthen your muscles in a low impact setting. If you can't stand for that long or sit for that long you REALLY should go see a Neurosurgeon ASAP. If the time is progressively getting shorter, that's when you know you need to do something... My Neuro said that is the biggest warning sign. I also had muscle spasms afterwards, and still have them now. They gave me some flexeril and it worked well. As for the depression.. I've done some research on that. Someone tried to convince me my pain was in my head, too. I talked to a physical therapist about it, and also a physician's assistant and my Neurosurgeon, and they said it happens, but there are ways to tell if that's the case. I highly doubt that yours is psychosomatic... From what you say. Maybe you should see a new doctor. My PCP told me mine was all in my head and waited a year to get an MRI.. If she had caught it sooner I might not be having a fusion at 22. I am sorry things are going rough for you :( Have you tried neurontin? Or steroids & valium helped me a lot with the nerve pain and whatnot. So they did surgery before trying a chiropractor? Hmm. I think it's worth a try then! I was told by my Chiropractor that having your back done kind of stimulates the disc and helps refresh some of the fluid inside... Which may help! Anything you haven't tried yet, might as well go for it. I hope things work out for you :(
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  • I meant disc material, not fluid. Watching How it's Made on Discovery and typing what I hear LOL.
  • I have a history of depression and I know how it can make the pain seem worse but not to the extent you are experiencing. When you say you can't stand for more then 3 or 4 minutes without being in agony I know what that is like and depression has nothing to do with it. In my experience that kind of pain causes depression and is terrifying. A few months ago I was so bad I would start to black out if I stood more then a few minutes the pain was so severe.

    I would suggest that you see a different doctor either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon but just make sure whichever one you choose is a spine specialist. No chiropractors the one I went to turned my small disc protrusion into a large herniation with severe nerve compression. You should have another MRI to see if there is pressure on the nerve. With the kind of pain you are describing it really sounds like there is still pressure on the nerve.

    I'm so sorry you are still in so much pain. It is so frustrating that's for sure. With how horrible I was I am doing really well now. I walk a mile a day and work out on an exercise ball and can go shopping and sit again without much pain. Just a few small twinges. It does get better.
  • I agree wth everyone in saying that you need to see another doctor. I also believe that you should see a NS. I too have depression, mine was brought on from being in pain so much. I think when the doctors aren't sure exactly what is causing the pain it's easy for them to put the blame on the depression.
  • When I had a laminecony & discectomy 7 yrs ago, I went into hospital for 4 days and staed for 4 weeks. I was in agony with every movement and even though 'The Doctor" told me I could sit- I sure as hell could not- well not for more then a few seconds.
    FInally a Dr in Rehab ordered a cortasone medication and the difference between my first tablet and the next day was 100%. Even the Dr said to slow down.
    I only stayed on the mess for 10 days or so but what had happened was that I had so much inflamation from the surgery- that was causing the pain.

    So YES- Different Dr for you and find out about other meds rather then just pain killers.

    Blessings Sara
  • Hi and thanks for the welcome and all the advice, the meds I am or have taken are, flexeril, tordol, skelaxin (made me not sleep) talwin, robaxin, valium, none with any success, every time I roll over while sleeping I wake up because of the pain, I just started taking Lunesta, which helps me fall asleep, but still wake up every time I move, my doctor said all I need was time and rest. With 4 boys how much rest can I get. I think he truly believes this is all in my head, I've never seen a chiropractor, the dr. that did the surgery is an orthopedic guy, and I have mentioned to my husband that if he doesn't take this more seriously when I see him on the 27th, I will go see someone else, I found a place that is a brain/spine specialist. Thanks again for listening.
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