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Will The Pain Ever End

Mindymork62MMindymork62 Posts: 206
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
As some of you know I had a double fusion on June 29th of this year with instrumentation and bone graft with bone stimulator implanted. As of today I am still in allot of pain especially when I've been on my feet or walking. The only time I get relief is when I'm laying down. I'm on Lortab 10 mg, Neurontin 600 mg for the pain. At night just sitting up in the evening is so painful. I've had to start doing some things around the house like laundry (I use a grabber) and dishes, but I always pay big time in the evenings. Is this amount of pain normal? My surgeon said everything looks okay with the fusion, but I haven't really told him how bad the pain is. I think he wants to start me on PT the middle of next month, but right now I can hardly walk without holding on to my husband. I am 60 years young and have Osteoporosis and had a fracture to my T12 vertebra in November of 2009, and my discogram & CT scan showed there still was some problems in that area.


  • The fusion was on my L 3/4 & L 4/5
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I had L3-S1 fusion 02/2010. I spent the next 3-4 months laying down most of the day. This was the only way to get relief. I had a hard brace to wear when sitting up which was not comfortable. I also have excellent Pain Management doctor so he had me on a combination of Long Acting (MS Contin) and break through (Norco) pain meds along with Soma and Neurontin.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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  • Sorry to hear about your pain after fusion and doing things around the house and even walking. I would let your Surgeon know you have too much pain to walk and see how he can help you. Barely walking isn't acceptable to me when you're in pain. Please contact your Dr. for a medication review and let him know if you're having any muscle spasms also. 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
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