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11 days Post Op - intense pain from screws??

TatiyanaTTatiyana Posts: 194
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my fusion on Dec 22 and have went through different "phases" of pain but this "phase" is extreme. The last 3 days, whenever I move at all, I get an intense bone type pain in the lower back which corrualates with my hardware. It feels as though I am being stabbed in the spine, very concentrated pain. I am hoping this is something that passes as it heals but the pain is so intense that the meds do not even touch it, I am on Oxycodone 20mg ER & oxy 5/325mg for breakthru.
I am sure what I am feeling are the screws in my spine, but does this pain diminish as it heals? I am very early post op & dont want to get to too worried & whiney about odd pains but I would like to know if others have experienced the same type of pain.


  • So sorry to hear you are having so much pain. It would be really hard to tell what your pain is really coming from, your back just went thru a major ordeal. Hardware can cause pain, that was one of my major concerns before surgery, screws can be positioned that they hit muscles and nerves when you move. Have you had your first post op appointment yet? Typically they will xray to make sure your hardware is still in place. I am so glad my doctor has the xray and MRI right in his office for this.

    Dont hesitate to make a call to your doctors office, that is what they are there for. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  • and he said everything looked good. It was shortly after (a day) that this more concentrated pain came on. It isnt constant, more when I first move (get up, down, etc) it kind of reminds me of a head rush in that it seems to be with sudden movement and then goes away...
    The pain is severe tho.. It takes my breath & I gasp. Scares the heck out of my hubby.

    Anyway, I just wondered if others have had this type of pain. It is definately bone pain, and it is worse in the evenings whether I have been active or still.

    Hopefully it will pass w/ time. If its not better by Monday tho, I will call my Dr.
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  • Bless your heart, sounds like you are having some really extreme pain. I am 6 weeks postop PLIF and although I've had some difficult days, nothing like you describe. I think you are more than justified in calling your doc to find out what's wrong. I have pedicle screws/cage etc but actually have more pain at my bone harvest sit in my hip than my main incision. Take care of yourself. Don't second guess the kind of pain you are having. Kathy in Atlanta
  • Tatiyana,
    This is the same pain I had/have. Mine has gotten better. Instead of being all day like it was earlier, now it is just at night or after activity. I HOPE it gets better for both of us. I really hope that once it fuses, it will stop the motion. You would think the motion has already been stopped by the hardware. Also, at my second post-op appointment I was complaining about the pain, that it seemed my back was coming apart. The PA then showed me on a model what they did to my back--the pulling apart of the spine, the drilling into the bone...that is what you are probably feeling. Hang in there.

  • knowing that it will pass. I do think it may be a little less painful than yesterday but I will know more later tonight. For some reason it starts getting almost unbearable around 7pm...weird, but like you said our spines have been through alot.

    I hope you get to feeling better soon!
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