OK, I am sure I am one of many suffering from the same problems. I had lumbar fusion 12/30/13 on L4 and L5. The surgeon also wanted to do a cervical disc replacement. I thought, let's do it all at the same time. WOW! was I ever wrong! The recovery from lower back fusion was painful!! I started PT 2 weeks after surgery. I have not been pain free yet.I have gone through periods of dizziness, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, shortness of breath. I have seen every specialist around. NO ANSWERS!! Liver enzymes were high, Vitamin B was low, BP has been higher than usual (approx./ 134/92) I walk one to two times daily, 1 to 3 miles a day. My knees are so stiff, feet (on the outsides) feel like bone bruises at all times. Many walking trips, I have to stop and rest. I can barely make it down the stairs in the mornings, I'm out for too long, and I'm hobbling around like I am much older than my years! I haven't returned to work, because I am on Percoset all day every day! I have now begun to get migraines, pretty regularly. I have gone for shorts a couple of times, when I can't take it any longer, but usually, just suffer through. I know the rod has slipped (from my post op 6 week apt), and now (with xrays) the screws are moving back and forth as I move. My May 2014 MRI showed L4 was herniated. HOW?? I haven't even touched my cervical herniated disc issues,. a little afraid to do so. The Doc EDIT said he wouldn't do any surgery until I lost small motor skills. I am at a loss! If anyone has any insight, I'm up for suggestions!
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