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Still in pain almost 3 months later

Wendt WilsonWWendt Wilson Posts: 1
edited 03/30/2015 - 6:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had spinal fusion surgery through my side Dec 16 2014. While in the hospital, began to bleed internally. I had to have a blood transfusion of 6 pints of blood. After staying with my son 2 weeks, I actually was feeling pretty when the surgeon called and said the surgery didn't take and I needed another one through the back for more screws. That surgery was performed 2 Jan 15. I have good days and bad days but the bad days are horrible. I wend back to work one month after the second surgery but still feel a lot of pain. I was up all night last night from pain because I ran out of pain pills. I called the Dr this am but I get so frustrated. I hate pain meds but hate the pain worse. I am trying to stay upbeat but it is hard. I was so thrilled to find this site and see I am not alone.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Wendt Wilson,
    It sounds like you have had a hard time. Have you seen any other doctors? Like to get another opinion?
    2006-Dec #1, L4-5 laminectomy
    2007-Jan #2, L4-5 laminectomy
    2008 Jan #1, Anterior fusions C4-5 and 6-7
    2008 July #2, Anterior fusion of C5-6
    2010 Apr L4-5 Global Fusion
    2011 June, posterior fusiont c6-7-nonunion
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  • ...Of redoing a fusion, yikes, but I do remember being in pain and extremely frustrated at three months(I have had back to back back surgeries though) . When the doctors and nurses say give yourself a full year to recover, they mean it...definitely keep in constant touch with your doctors office, especially if anything changes. By yes, the pain medication is a necessary evil for many post op. I am with you, I despise needing it but can't function without. I do cut my pills in half(if they are scored and can be cutdown, ask the pharmacist,they know if they can be cut) so that I am taking as little as necessary but still getting on top of the extreme pain.
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