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trouble walking

terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Chronic Pain
i have had 4 back surgeries and really no problem walking after the first 3. the first one was a fusion on 4-5, then removal of hardware, then laminectomy on 3, then a fusion on 3. after the last one, i cannot walk 100 feet without extreem pain in the middle of my back and pain in rt butt and leg to knee. latest mri shows no damage. i am going to have injections next month. but, i am worried that i can't walk. i can't walk around the beach, at work, etc. we went to reno and i could not even walk around the casino or to dinner. it is depressing. i went to disneyland last year and had to rent a motorized wheel chair. i don't know what the problem is or why i can't walk. it seems to be a permanent problem
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.


  • Wow that has got to be frustrating. Has your doc ever discussed spinal cord stimulation to combat any of your pain? Several folks I have met who have spinal cord stimulators, are able to once again walk without debilitating pain. I know that for me, I couldn't walk more than a few feet without tremendous pain in my neck and shoulders. I got to where I didn't want to do much of anything because it hurt so much. Once I got my SCS, the world opened up to me once again. I can now walk as much as I want. I can hike, ride a bike, ride horses etc ...

    Just curious as to whether or not your doc ever considered it in your situation.

    Hope you have better days to come.

  • I agree with C. Maybe you should discuss other options with your Doc. I'm still able to move around quite freely, but without my stimulator, life is more difficult.

    PM me if you're interested in discussing a stimulator.

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  • i'm on 45 mg of oxycontin 4 times a day and fenatyl lollipops 700 micrograms 4x a day also. I am hesitant to put something else in my back. my dr has discussed this but he does not seem to think it is viable at this point. i've had 11 years of back problems and surgery.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Jon,
    That decline in walking ability is never easy and although my own walking has been problematic from my fusion over the recent year is has deteriorated dramatically. I now have to adapt alternative strategy in getting around and use what works for me, I move from chair to chair and park as near as possible to where I need to go, it is one things for all the activity I did to be no longer possible and when that waking capability is restricted to this extent any trip needs a plan of how it is going to work.

    I was told that repetitive activity would be impacted from my condition and that is proving correct and although that restriction was at a steady pace it has now declined to such an extent that all walking is a problem, as you Jon, I have been trying to hide it at work and use other modes and methods of getting about.

    Stairs are no longer possible and I can feel that reduction in opportunity to go where I would like shrinking, standing up itself irrespective of the walking is difficult as we all try to stay positive in a restrictive environment. You must be very creative in adapting to restrictive walking and for the most part my wife is enduring her own walking in isolation, that combination of standing, sitting is foreshortening my collective mobility.

    Good luck and take care.

  • Jon,
    Your problem sounds just like mine,this past year having trouble walking,leg both lower leg pain,dr said there is nothing to work on or fix he said it is the scar tissue,nerve damage,i will always have this it gets no better than it is now.he said iam lucky iam still walking at all,be very carefull having anything else done. Rick
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  • I had basically the same surgery, except three discs involved, then hardware removal, etc. I don't know if there is an answer.
    I limp and gimp everywhere - which is annoying. Do you have arthritis and nerve pain too, or no?
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