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Post fusion surgery backpain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hiya I am brand new here. I wanted to ask those of you who have had fusions, how long the pain lasted post-op and did you have any tips besides prescription pain killers. I am getting very discouraged. :S


  • I had a fusion-but I can't take pain meds-they make me sick. I never took anything but tylenol. After the first 4 days or so-the pain got a lot more tolerable. How long ago was your surgery?
  • shay

    Thank you for responding. I guess I should have mentioned that when I posted the question. Yikes. My surgery was on August 4, 2008 so 3 weeks now.
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  • I had my last fusion on June 24th and I still have to take narcotic painkillers from time to time. I also take flexeril as well. My use of these has drastically cut down from pre-surgery. I usually only take the painkillers once a day now. Dont worry, things will gradually get better.

    Best Wishes,
    Christina :)
  • Your surgery was 1 day before mine (aug 5). I guess everyine is different. What areas did you get fused? What type of fusion was it? Mine is listed in my signature.
  • getting stronger every day. Mine is almost 4 weeks and I had posterior. Today is the second day that I haven't napped since my surgery >:D<

    Simple tasks exhaust me and any unauthorized movements cause severe pain..... My NS didn't give me a brace and I will not see him until Sept 25th.

    I take my meds every 6 hours and it makes a serious impact on my pain levels.

    Feel Better >:D<

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  • does any one know when it is safe to use NSAIDS?

  • My surgeon said no nsaids for 1 year , sorry you are having such a hard time! I have to wear a hard shell brace unless I am laying FLAT-which means in the shower and middle of the night to go to the bathroom! I wish I did not have to wear one! I have to keep it on for 3 months. WHy do you think some surgeons insist and others do not order them at all?
  • I'm clueless on the brace thing, the difference, despite same surgeries. I guess every PERSON is different, including our surgeons.

    I am off pain meds now too. A little early I think, but then I get terribly sick on narcotics, Ibu was my choice pre-op as well. Too bad they are out of the picture for a year. Oh, well, they do kill my stomach at times too.

    My DH had a microdiscectomy and he was on meds for 18 mo. post surgery.
  • Julie, my understanding is that you should not use NSAIDS until you have a solid fusion forming. My NS said at least 3 months,maybe longer. I sooooo misssss my IBUPROFEN! This ache in my back, SI joints, sore hips is craving some so bad. I am sure I would be oh so comfy if I could have my lovely IBU :X
  • Joanie, my surgery was on Aug 5, so almost 3 weeks too here. I am taking Norco 10mg about 3-4 a day, and skelaxin 800mg 3 times a day. I too am getting discouraged at needing them still, as was an IBU girl pre-op, except for last 2 weeks prior had to give it up. I miss it dearly and I think it would be just the right med for this type of pain I have, but no can do. Seems it is common to still be needing narcs from what I have read here on SH. I definitely have to get off of it before I go back to work as I am an RN and can't be on narcs at work.

    Shay, so sorry about your rigid brace requirements :( I have that awful brace as well, but I can leave it off in bed, and to go to the BR, also to go from bed to chair, etc. I need to wear it for taking walks, doing anything at all around house, in car, or out and about. Pre-op I was told maybe/maybe not on the brace, then I got a script in the mail to go get fitted, so much for that. At my 2 week check-up, NS said 6 more weeks at least in brace, yuck! Now we both have hardware, so it seems as that should be doing the job for us on the inside. My only thought is the brace keeps us from accidently bending or twisting which could be damaging. Oh well, guess we just have to be good girls and wear the stupid sweaty thing. I call it my Zena Warrior Princess costume :) Sue
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