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Looking for spinal fusion success stories



  • What does your nerve damage feel like..I am 6 months out with a lot of tightness and muscle spasms..
  • Did you have leg tightness or muscle spasms...my back is great..spasms are driving me through the roof...6 months out
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  • I definitely have the hamstring tightness and muscle spasms--more in the legs than the back, though (thankfully).  I've noticed my calf muscles are particularly prone to the spasms.  I'm almost 9 months out from my surgery, and hamstring/hip flexor strength and flexibility are two issues with which I still contend!  As I said, success story "in the making"!!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Hi

    Thank you for the suggestions.

    I am forcing myself to walk as much as I can in my daily activities before having to lean forward or sit down.
    I average about 5000 steps per day.
    But frankly, it is getting harder and so painful as each day and night passes.
    Driving the car and working is tough as well.

    I know we are not supposed to be specific about our individual cases, but I am taking
    pregabalin and opioid's among other pain killers as prescribed by my pain doctor specialist.
    My neurosurgeon(who is at a different hospital) expressed concern over this as he is worried I am going to be "in hell and hell" pain after the surgery.
    What is the pain like when you wake up and for the first month?



  • There have been other threads about this concern, Steve.  After being on opioids for an extended period of time, there is the strong likelihood of developing a tolerance to them.  This can most certainly affect post-operative pain control.  That was the case for me.  I will not do you the disservice of sugar-coating my experience.  It was the worst pain I've ever experienced, second even to childbirth! 

    One of the common themes I've seen in those other posts is that members talked to their doctors about a pre-surgical taper schedule from their medications to increase the efficacy of pain medications in those very painful first few post-op days!  This is something you should discuss with your surgeon.  If your pain levels are too high without your current medication regimen, however, this is a very important consideration.  Stressing your body physically before surgery isn't healthy, either.  A good talk with your surgeon about what your options are is your best bet. 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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  • Hi.

    Over the last few weeks, I have tried to cut back one opioid pill daily but the pain and the negative effect it has on walking and working has forced me to go back to the normal pill schedule.

    As you suggest, I will speak to my pain doctor specialist, but I doubt anything can be done.

    I hope I can be as strong as you were! 

    Thanks for the quick reply.


  • Over the last few weeks, I have tried to cut back one opioid pill daily but the pain and the negative effect it has on walking and working has forced me to go back to the normal pill schedule.

    That's what I was talking about--definitely not a good thing to put your body through unnecessary pain, especially if these medicines are helping to keep you active!  Even just talking about this concern with your surgeon, though, can help you both to come up with a strategy for effective pain management after your surgery.  Even though I did NOT expect that much pain when I woke up from surgery, I don't blame the doctor!  It was just as much up to me as a health care consumer to be prepared, and looking back, I should've inquired about a medication taper.  Never hurts to ask, but even if a taper prior to surgery is out of the question, I hope that your surgeon will do his or her best to ensure your comfort after your operation.  Surgeons do expect you to be in a bit of pain, naturally, but they won't let you suffer needlessly!!!    
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  •   I definitely should have gotten off all opioid medications before surgery. The pain day one and day two was the worst pain I've ever felt in my entire life.   And it's all because I was on pain meds before surgery and had a tolerance!!  The pain meds they were attempting to give me did nothing.  I wanted to die.  I still have nightmares about it.
  • Were you on lyrica and opioids?
    Do you think you could of stopped the optoids and survived until the surgery. 
    I will see my pain doctor in several weeks and discuss it. Thanks. 
  • melstebarmmelstebar QuebecPosts: 24
    edited 09/15/2016 - 2:53 PM
    I just found out my neurosurgeon will do l3 to s1 spinal fusion. 
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