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scheduled for anterior and posterior fusion & discectomy, I fell

susiessusie Posts: 152
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
I don't know if this has happened to anyone else, I suspect it has - I have scoliosis and am scheduled for fusion surgery on Feb. 24th. I am going to have it in 2 separate
operations, the first anterior and they will do the discectomy then and about 5 days later the posterior surgery. I am in considerable pain but not really what I would say is unbearable pain. I've just been home taking it very very easy and waiting for February. Today when I woke up I was aware that my back did hurt more than usual. I took pain medication and it was better. My husband and I went out for dinner and then to the grocery store. I don't go out very often. Toward the end of the grocery shopping I told him I needed to get home that my back was really killing me - so we came home. He was putting the groceries away and I went in the bedroom to get a blanket out of the closet, I was going to lie down on the sofa and watch t.v.
I picked up the blanket and the next thing I knew, I was thinking to myself, I'm falling down. I knocked over a chair and fell up against the night stand. I did land on my hands and I didn't hit my head or anything - but I think as much as I can think about it - it seems like my legs just kind of buckled and I tumbled down. I might be more sore tomorrow and I will call the doctors office on Monday but I hope this doesn't start happening. Has this happened to anyone? It kind of scares me because I'm alone a lot - my husband has to work a lot of hours and the last thing I need is to start falling - I didn't trip over anything - I just plain - fell down. My next door neighbor has my key and she said she will keep her phone with her and I should keep my phone with me whenever I get up. Has this happened to anyone? I'm sure it has. - Susan


  • I hang onto walls, doors, counters for fear of falling. I had been crouching down and I couldn't get up. I had to call hubby who seemed disgruntled to pull me up or I was going to fall. I use a cane while out for fear of falling. It's terrible when you're weakness causes you to fall. It must've been scary for you. I don't know how else to say hang on to solid things and I'm glad you didn't hurt yourself worse. 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
  • Charry, I have fallen several times but I guess not
    since I was scheduled for surgery - so I think it
    seemed more scary this time. I can tell I will
    be sore tomorrow and I thought I should call the Dr.s
    office on Monday. I hope this is a one time thing.
    Thanks for responding, Susie
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  • Do you have a walker? Or a cane? If this has happened before, you should be extra diligent to be safe at all times. My leg has felt weak at times, but not to the point of falling. Please be careful!
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