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Severe pain 3+ years after L4/S1, L5/S1 fusion. Looking advice

Yolanda_VegaYYolanda_Vega Posts: 7
edited 03/10/2016 - 4:16 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Thanks to everyone for your help.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 06/21/2014 - 8:22 AM


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thank you, that is noted. She's been walking, but naturally there are days when she cannot. I was referring to doctor hosted PT. We will check out the resources posted.

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  • liz/all,

    it looks like we've followed the "chrome pain stem by step" guide to the t. https://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/chronic-pain/chronic-pain-treatment-step-step we're up to the "pain pump" and i guess this is the next step.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 06/22/2014 - 4:24 PM
    What about having a physical therapist either come to her residence to work with her, starting very slowly and building up her endurance and distance. The inactivity has not helped, and sitting is not the best thing, either for too long....
    At this point in her recovery, some intensive physical therapy and perhaps occupational therapy might be her best means of getting back on her feet......
    It is something to discuss with her doctor......or perhaps an inpatient rehab that can focus on getting her mobile again might be something to check into.
  • Thank you Sandi. I'll be more diligent in getting her to exercise. Some days she over-extends her self, even a simple on such as a trip to Walmart (in the wheel chair!) could lead to 7+ hours of pain afterwards (flare up). As for inpatient rehab that is a good suggestion and we will check with GHI/Medicare to see if they can provide it.
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  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 06/23/2014 - 7:15 PM
    It's difficult, I know, but keeping her moving , as much as possible, multiple times per day, is her best friend in working toward her getting back on her feet. Her surgeon can order in home therapy for her, or if she fails to progress can send her to rehab facilities as an inpatient to get her back on her feet.
    Sometimes it is the best option , since the purpose behind the rehabs is to get patients moving again, and it winds up being the best thing we can do for our loved ones.
    Good luck,
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