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Pain Pain Go Away And Don't Come Back Another Day

Mindymork62MMindymork62 Posts: 206
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am in so much pain I could scream. :( I had the double fusion 3 weeks ago. It doesn't help that I still have a low blood count and blood pressure is still low. Any suggestions on what has helped others??? I usually have ice on my back because there's allot of swelling and huge knots. I try to walk, but I usually have to grab my walker to go any where. I take my pain meds every 4 hours but I don't feel much relief. Thanks for letting me vent. I had a fractured T 12 in January, and I don't know how much of that is helping either.


  • for me short little walks of 5 minutes as often as i could every hour got the inflammation to go down. Yes I looked funny walking with my ice pack but it really did help. It definitely hurt in the beginning. I hope you're taking something to up the iron in your body for dealing with the anemia. the body is pretty good at getting the rbc count up quickly. That also helps you feel a whole lot better.. I hope things work out for you. sorry to hear you're having so much pain.
  • Well, he last words you probably want to hear are "Hang in there", but it really is true after lumbar surgery. The first month is the worst and hopefully you'll be feeling better soon. You're still so early in recovery from a very serious and invasive surgery.

    I'll never forget the extreme pain I had after my surgery and I only had one level done. It's just a very, very difficult recovery and such a long one, so try to hang in there, take your meds and try to walk as much as you can, even little distances.

    If you're worried about the amount of pain you're having, there's no reason not to call your surgeon and talk to him about the problems you're having. He may want to schedule an early visit to see if anything new is going on or he may up your pain meds for just a bit to help you get past this point in your recovery.

    Take care of yourself and I'm so hoping that your pain subsides soon. I'm assuming you're following your restrictions to the "T" - not sitting too much, no BLT, etc. That's very important, but even following them, I know the pain can be severe.

    I'm thinking of you.
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  • Keep singing your song....and the pain will eventually listen.

    I wish I could offer advice but just seeing your title....I knew I had to stop in to give you a hug.

  • Your not alone. I was miserable for the first 6 weeks after my 2 level fusion.

    I still have pain everyday but nothing like immediately post op. I was miserable last night too. Went to play bingo at a casino and that leaning forward dabbing my cards killed my back.

    I was up till 4 am trying to get relief before I was able to sleep.

    Anyway hang in there. This is definately the hardest thing I have ever done in my life..meaning the surgery and recovery..and I am still trying to recover 4 1\2 months later.

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I had an L3-S1 fusion (with back and side incision) and the Long Acting meds I was on, along with my break through every 4-6 hours meds, helped a lot. Perhaps asking about different meds with an LA med added is an option.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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