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Back Pain Back - Serious Pain, help!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Fellow Spiney's

I need ur help please, I am desperate.

I am now 5 weeks post revision and in AGONY.
I have increased all my pain meds (as much as I am allowed) and still in pain. I was like this before my surgery and I have had 4 weeks of being comfortable on my medication. ARGHHH! :''(

I feel sick, weak from the pain.

I feel so helpless. How on earth can I say I feel so rubbish when the surgeons and PT and family have all been so great and supported me hoping for an improvement.

This is one NOT FUNNY turn of events.
No I haven't done anything BLT.

My scar is lumpy, bloomin sore to touch and has white blanched areas on it. My back pain is kinda drilling, ache, relentless. I feel nauseas. I am exhaused. Pain waking me up. Painlillers may as well be thin air!

I don't even know what to do! How useless is that?
I have struggled with serious pain and now my ability to assess is all messed up too.

Suggestions and advaise gratefully awaited.


  • Sorry to hear you are having a setback. Please do call your surgeon and get some advice. Perhaps you need to get this looked into, make sure everything is in place and such. I don't know what meds you are on but maybe you need something stronger, or a long acting narcotic. It is concerning to have this increase in pain with no precipitating factors. Could you have slept wrong? twisted in your sleep or such? Many times these setbacks are just bumps in the road and just need time to settle down. I use heat and ice, both help. I do think with your history you should speak with your surgeon though just to be safe. Hope you feel better, >:D< Cali-Sue
  • Yes as Cali-Sue says call your surgeon's office. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I agree with the others...get in touch with your doc's office. Maybe he could get you in, look at the incision and do an exray. Hope you feel better soon.
  • so sorry >:D<

    yeah the best thing to do is call even if there is a dr on call.

    what your describing with the incision sounds iffy.
    i mean mine is bumby on the top but I have no pain on or near it. i have some tenderness but no pain or soreness.
    is it warm to the touch????

    i of course still have pain. but don't feel weak, nauseas etc.

    let us know how you make out..
    wish i had more for ya O:) >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • So sorry you're having a rough time! Are you relying too much on pain meds? They DO make you feel crappy!! If they aren't really helping, maybe they should be the last resort, instead of the first. Have you tried walking, heat/ice, meditation, distractions, like calling a friend, or going outside for some fresh air, or a hot shower? Sometimes, if you can move your focus away from the pain, it's not as unbearable. I know this is kinda long, but I have been battling pain for years, and sometimes these things can help.
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  • Thank all for your replies. Sadly I do all the distarction stuff and usually keep myself well up beat mentally.

    My leg (the one where the nerve was compressed) my - ouch! :''I awoke at 4am with a drawing, throbbing from groin to knee (almost a cramp but not full on) and then my back pain..similar.
    I use heat. Ice is not good for me (causes spasm)

    I walk as much as i can (but do you walk throu the pain or nudge it?? - if i nudge it I would be pretty much housebound) if I walk I can get to end of my small road! LOL! :))( what a dilema!

    Pain meds - I use regular - I have learnt the woes of trying to catch up with severe pain and it can take days t balance. However, my doses are all carnked up to max lisensed dose in all the different drug groups. I use NSAID's, paracetamol and oxycodone. I take something pretty much every 2 hours, becuase I need to. If I don't, I'll be on the floor, crying like a baby. (no I am not depressed, just sore)

    I think I will call the docs first thing Monday Morning. My pain is up there where it shouldn't be. I always say trust your body. The pain is there for some reason...and this is where it was before. Not good.

    I don't have a fever. I do kind of expect to have some strange goings on in my legs as the nerves try and recover.

    Thanks for the support. I am not alone. >:D<

  • am i feeling your pain tongight as it was my first LONG outing today oh me oh my lions tigers and bears.
    i feel like iv been kicked by a goat or something :''(

    so yeah your not alone you know that by a long run.
    im surprised your on NSAIDS alot of drs won't allow them due to slowing down fusion so hmmmm on that one.
    but your in a different place. so things are different even the med names lol i looked up some tonight. just to clarify what someone else was telling me in a PM . im like, "huh, what" is that drug" lol :))(

    yeah give that dr a call monday and see whats going on.
    glad we can be support to ya.
    makes me feel better to know you feel LOVVEDDD!!! >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<

  • Aww, thanks Terri! >:D<
    I take NSAIDs when i am desparate and also I have confirmed fusion. You can't undo it can you? (hope not)
    Never took them before tho. way too risky.

    I got some serious buzzing and pressure going on today...I thought that had all stopped agaes ago but it seems not. Feels like a bumble bee stuck in my back, deep.

    Groin - hip, thigh, deep ache. :''(

    Wonder what this is? Could it be scar tissue?

    I am 5 weeks? How do I stop scar tissue?


  • Yeah, I still occasionally get that sudden stinging buzz deep down in my hip. My thoughts are that it's just the nerves that haven't decided whether or not to stay calm. It's just like a bee is having the time of his life stinging me! Give me a bee swatter, will ya?

    Hope you're feeling better today! I went to a political rally yesterday and sat in the bleachers from 5:30 to 11:00 pm. Feel like I've been hit by a Mac truck today! I kinda feel like I'm going to hurt some everyday anyway, so might as well do the things I really want to do. I'm tired of laying around all the time!
  • Hi Itsa,

    I have been thinking abut you today, wondering if you have been getting any better. If your in the UK which I think you are, why not try calling NHS Direct as they will give you advice.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs, you know we are all here for you.

    Love Danni x hugs x
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