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Pain from Standing long hours

keith_45kkeith_45 Posts: 71
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Does anybody notice that the longer you work standing causes your pain level to increase. I work 12 hr. shifts and feel good the first half of my shift then things start to hurt. When walking I'm fine but if standing in one place very long I start to hurt alot. Had another ESI yesterday and hope it helps but I just haven't been getting any long term relief from the shots. Just wondering what others do for this at their jobs. Injection was at my L3-L4 disc which is bulging on both sides and also shows DDD.


  • Hi Keith! Before my fusion I could not stand more than a few minutes due to the disc compression on the nerves in my leg---have you been to the Dr. or called him?ESI's did not work for me,and I asked for fusion--this was my second----can you tellus more details?Glad you are back on here to talk to us!
  • Cowgirl!
    I to am in Tx. south of Big D. I had a 2 level fusion done 23 months ago at the L4-S1 levels. Had signs of DDD in all 3 lower discs but my Discogram didn't show any pain at the L3-L4 level so my DR. said to leave it alone and fix the pain generators. Had done quiet well until my beltline began to hurt again since Thanksgiving. MRI showed more DDD at this level but still wasn't bone on bone like the other 2 were. Had Mylogram w/Ct last WED. and it showed disc bulging on both sides and my Dr. scheduled me in for a ESI yesterday. Feels ok now and laying on ice like instructed. This usually feels better at first till I go back to work on thursday and get back on my feet for long hours.
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  • Afellow Texan! I am northwest of Denton between Krum and Slidell.Is the dr. monitoring to see if the ESI works?Can you adjust your hours,or sit,rest,stand?My first fusion was posterior at the L3-4 level,and the one 3 weeks ago was anterior posterior fusion at the L4-5 level with restabilization of the L3-4.The first time my right leg was the problem,this time it was my left. I do know it is not uncommom to have problems down the road after a fusion--keep me posted!Jeannie
  • I had a TLIF on November 3rd. Ever since surgery I have this terrible leg pain. It goes away when I lay down or walk, but I can't stand still for longer than 10 minutes at a time without getting a horrible pain. I am not working but I've been in situations where I had to stand still a lot, and I just try to alternate my legs, kind of like marching in place.
  • Ever since herniating a lumbar disc 36 years ago (at age 25) I've not been able to stand stationary for more than about 5 minutes. If I shift back and forth, foot-to-foot, I can stand for a while. But now that I've developed degenerative scoliosis, I have pain in my mid-back if I'm standing very long even if I do shift back and forth.

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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  • I too find myself shifting weight from one foot to another when standing and talking. It does seem to help alot. Guess thats just what we will have to do the rest of our lives.
  • What kind of work do you do? You work shifts? I did too before my surgery. When did you return to work after your surgery.

    How are you feeling since the block? Any relief?

  • I work 12 hr/shifts. Kinda crazy schedule but I am off 8 days in a row every 3.1/2 weeks which gives me time to rest. I walk alot around the plant but when standing in one place very long it just kills me after about 6-8 hours into my shift. I was out 4 months this last time after my fusions before my Dr. would let me go back to work. Still tough when I went back. I was so use to taking lots of naps.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    can sometimes be as uncomfortable as sitting for long periods of time. Everyone knows that after you sit for extended periods of time, you need to get up , walk around and stretch before sitting again.

    But Standing!
    With spinal patients having both feet directly on the floor will cause discomfort after a while. The best thing to do if your job requires you to be standing for long periods of time is to have a stool or some sort of block, so that you can put one foot on it as you are standing. Then every onces in a while switch legs.

    Doing this provides some natural release of strain on your leg muscles , which in turn help prevent your lower back from having discomfort.

    People that stand in one spot for long periods of time, for example Chefs use this method to help them.

    Also the type of flooring makes a difference. Since I love to cook, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. When we remodeled out kitchen, my wife made sure we had a floor that had some natural give.
    Its a wood composite floor, that interlocks over a thin pad of foam. This flooring then has a 'give' to it.

    A hard surface is much more difficult to stand for periods of time then a softer one
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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