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Still in pain after 7 months

BAYSIDEBBAYSIDE Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Lower Back Pain
I underwent a laminectomy of L3,4,5 with fusion of those same vertebrae 7 months ago. My pain levels have fluctuated like the Dow Jones averages but have continued unabated on a daily basis. The minimum amount of Vicodin I seem to be able to get by with is about 5 per day. I walk a mile each day, but without the pain pills I wouldn't be able to do so. I tried physical theraphy but it was a disaster as far as increased pain, and putting me back in bed for a week. Is there anyone out there who shares this long-lasting pain cycle? Is there something more effective than Vicodin? I'm 76 years old and in reasonably good health.
Robert L. Hyde
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  • first of all, remember that if physical therapy is a disaster, try a different physical therapist! always say no if something does not feel right, and look around until you find one who works for you.

    second, i really think this is a great article:

    https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/failed-back-surgery-syndrome-fbss-what-it-and-how-avoid-pain-after-surgery
  • I would also encourage you to find a different physical therapist. There is a wide range in their abilities, interest, and personalities. Another recommendation: get in the water. The warm water feels good and I can move in the water easier than I can on land. You might be able to do your walking in the water and you might have less pain. I found a pool at an apartment complex and wow, is it great. The first time I went I was so surprised how good it felt to move and not hurt. I think everbody in recovery should try it. I hope you find some success so you can lessen your pain meds a bit.
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