My name is Angela and I am a 33 year old woman suffering from degenerative disc disease. I had surgery on 4/29 to remove a 1.7cm buldge from my L4-L5. I had a lot of swelling after the surgery and this caused me a ton of pain. I went to the emergency room when the pain was so severe that I couldn't stand it. This was 8 day's post op. I was told that I had a lot of swelling by the surgery area and even though it was excessive, it would go away. Since the surgery I have had increased pain in all of my joints. My ankles are so swollen that I can not wear some of my shoes. My fingers have swollen to the point that I can not wear my wedding set. It has now been 9 weeks since the surgery and I can honestly say that I am worse than I was before the surgery. I do not think that the swelling in all of my joints is normal. When I wake up in the morning, I can't even bend my ankles to walk, I drag my feet. Forget about the 13 steps in my split level home. I am stuck in this misery and I don't know what this could be. I know that I have some healing to do but my concern is that something else is going on. I can't imagine that this would not be related. Has anyone else suffered from severe joint pain and swelling post op? I have not asked the Dr. yet because they told me that this swelling in my body would go down. I did speak to the pain management Dr. and he seems to think that I may just be slow healing. I am going to reach out to both Monday and let them know of the new symptoms. Any advise/tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. ********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
One of the most important things that need members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
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- - When did this first start? . Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- . Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician . Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- . Physical Therapy . Ultrasound / Tens unit . Spinal Injections . Acupuncture . Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- . Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- . Name of Medication . How long have you been using this? . Results
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 07/12/15 00:42est