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1 year post 360 fusion and problems spreading

SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 766
edited 02/27/2015 - 10:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Ask me six or seven months after my two-level 360 fusion how I was doing and I would have answered, "pretty good!" I was truly feeling like I was improving every day and I was even off all meds for a few weeks. After being on norco for years, that was something I was really proud of. PT left me stronger than ever and my life was getting back on track.

Fast forward to today and things aren't so great anymore. I cannot pinpoint a time, or a fall or injury, but at some point after that, my decline began. I had more pain instead of less and the awful spasms came back, twisting and contorting my spine in an attempt to find relief.

Last Saturday, I had a lumbar and thoracic MRI. My very first thoracic MRI and my first lumbar study since prior to surgery. The disc directly above my fusion (L3-4) isnt doing well. It is incredibly painful. My thoracic discs are aslo accelerating in their degeneration and I have three thoracic bulges, one abutting the ventral cord. My upper back hurts and I wake with such tenderness that getting out of bed is becoming very difficult.

I expected the L3-4 stuff. It's painful, but it was a known risk. What I wasnt prepared for is the thoracic pain, kyphosis and disc bulges. My entire spine is sore. I have issues from C7-T1, T3-4, T6-7 and T7-8. I'm not sure what this means for my recovery. Is it over?

Needing some support. Sorry to moan!
2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1


  • I'm so sorry for you. I remember your surgery was a bit after mine and it seemed like you were doing pretty good. Do you think PT might do you any good? Or maybe injections? I know it seems like the battle never ends. I've had a bad case of sciatica this week. I think it may be from either SI joint or my Periformis since it's deep in my butt. I had a shoulder replacement surgery a month ago and my Physical Therapist thinks it might be from being in a sling and carrying my body crooked. I hope you get some relief soon.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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