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Marks938MMarks938 Posts: 2
edited 02/21/2015 - 4:37 PM in New Member Introductions
Hiya, name's Lisa and I'm 33. My back problems started in August of 2014. New here and just had an L4-L5 fusion done on Feb 16th. I got home from the hospital in pretty good shape and my pain in generally reduced from before my surgery. My problem/question is that I am still having to use a walker (or my husband) to transition from sitting/standing. And almost every third time I get an excruciating sharp pain in my right hip that makes my cry out and lose all strength in that leg, resulting in me falling onto the toilet or chair as opposed to sitting. Sometimes I am able to sit without this happening. I try my best to stay in alignment and have been wearing my Miami corset style brace. A little background on the right leg, it was completely numb after a radio frequency ablation I had done. Pins and needles and some odd itching sensations were all I could feel down the outside. Well, it sure feels alive now. No pain below the knee. Any thoughts? Am I doing something wrong? I had an ultrasound to rule out DVT and a lumbar X-ray to assure hardwear placement. I have a post op visit with my neurologist in 2 days. Thanks for your time!
Lisa M-C, 33F, status post L4-L5 fusion/laminectomy with titanium plate on 2/16/15
Current meds: Neurontin 300mg TID, OxyContin 10mg BID, Percocet. 10-325mg Q4, Valium 10mg Q8, Elavil 10mg QHS, and Lexapro 25mg QHS.


  • I work in healthcare and despite being technically obese, I had been in very good health. One evening while at work I was attempting to intubate an exceptionally large patient who started vomiting on the commode and fell face-first into the floor. When I got there, long story short, I intubated her while sliding through her liquid vomit/urine and then manually ventilated her in what might possibly have been the worst posture imaginable, sliding about in the mess.And the next day, my hips hurt. I thought nothing of it. I'd had labs and images done of my hands an feet about a year previous for joint pain, and thought this might just be a normal ache. About a week later, I was in the ER, and rated my pain about an 8. It was a sharp, stabbing pain on my right side initially. I saw an orthopedic specialist and was started on physical therapy, Norco, Felxeril, amd 300mg of Neurontin. We tried a epidural nerve block with about one week of slight relief. We did a medial branch block and followed with a radio frequency nerve ablation. After a few months of no relief I switched to neurosurgery. We got an MRI which showed degenerative changes with annular bulge at L4-L5. He said I needed surgery, but in the meantime wetried 25mg Lexapro, 900mg Neurontin, 10-325mg Percocet Q4, 25mg Elavil QHS, 10mg Valium Q8, and 10mg OxyContin Q12. I had also been on Mobic and Cymbalta but had to stop in the weeks leading up to surgery. I was limping pretty terribly prior to the fusion. 5 days out, I feel pretty okay, except for my right leg giving out on me. I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.
    Lisa M-C, 33F, status post L4-L5 fusion/laminectomy with titanium plate on 2/16/15
    Current meds: Neurontin 300mg TID, OxyContin 10mg BID, Percocet. 10-325mg Q4, Valium 10mg Q8, Elavil 10mg QHS, and Lexapro 25mg QHS.
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