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ALIF 5 months later

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well, I went to the hospital today to have my first xray since the operation in April. They have confirmed that fusion is taking place =D> . I have to go back in another six months time to have another one.. Now, I wouldn't say that I'm pain free as I still get pain if I do to much, but its hell of a lot better then prior to the operation.. there where days where I couldn't walk down the road without severe pain. My question is.. will this current pain ease in the coming months/years. I did ask my consultant and he said that its still early days for me and because of this I will continue to experaince issues... So do you still get pain or has it completely gone ? Am I asking to much to early


  • Hello Darkfibre, and welcome to Spine Health. Good to hear that you are fusing, this is the kind of news all of us fusion patients are hoping for.

    I am sorry that you still have pain, but depending how long your nerves were squished up it may take a while for things to go back to normal. I had a posterior fusion myself, so my issues were somewhat different than yours.

    Wishing you continuing success in fusing and hope you will find relief from your pain.

    Take care,

  • I am 6 months out and there are times now when I am completely pain free for a couple of hours a day. I am still having a lot of trouble with nerve pain in my right ankle but the acupuncturist is really helping. I can actually see a time in the future where I will be completely pain free. But I also still have some really bad days. Just take it easy and do the exercises/walking that your doctor prescribes.
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  • I am really suprised that this is your first X-ray since surgery.
    I am at about the same time frame as you (now 19 weeks) and I have seen the Dr every 6 weeks with either X-ray or CT scan at each appointment.
    We do have to remember that it is a long recovery. My Dr said a good 6- 18months before I am fully recovered and hopefully pain free.

    The best nrews though is that you are fusing, so you just have to keep up the exercise and walking and it wont be long before you are skipping down the street. :))(

    Blessings Sara
  • Thanks for all your replies, The reason why I've only had the Xray yesterday is because I live in the UK.. I feel the after care is completely different between the US and the UK for these type of operations
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