Post # 1
Has anyone else had this?
I had it end of September 2013 after fighting with WC for 2.5 and lots of conversative treatments. Surgeon did an ALIF/PLIF (Anterior/Posterior Interbody Lumbar Fusion) so he went in through the front, took out the disc, & then went in the back & put a cage in to fuse my l5/s1. My leg pain that radiated down to my calf is gone but my back pain has not gone away and in FACT in the last six weeks has increased and I am also starting to have pain in my buttocks. The surgeon referred me back to my original back doctor for pain mangement and he just upped my pain medication dosage but I am just tired of this. I’m having yet another sleepless night because I can’t get comfortable anywhere, not even on my sleep number bed & I want to just cry. I can’t really find anything that will work 100%. Hell I’d be happy with 80%..
Post # 3
@starsinthesky: My mom has a degenerative disc disorder. She had a cervical spine fusion last February and her neck pain was completely eliminated. She needs her thoracic spine done, but until she gets it fused they are biding time with rhyzotomies (sp?). They basically go in and cauterize the nerves so they can’t transmit pain signals. I think the effects last anywhere from 3-6 months, but the first week after the procedure can be worse than the pain it’s intended to treat. For what it’s worth, my mom is usually fine after a day or two.
Post # 4
Yeah I’ve had that done too. It didn’t last long enough for it to be worth it for me. I am glad it helped your mom. Unfortuntely, since I had to wait so long for treatment (sometimes even conservative treatments) I developed other issues at multiple levels with bugling and narrowing of my spinal canal. So I hope this is just me being only a few months out from surgery but as of right now I don’t know..
Post # 5
So Sorry you are going through this.. I had a L5-S1 fusion done in 2007 and a revision in 2009 and I can’t say anything about advice to make it better. I tried a TON of meds, had nerve blocks done, did physiotherapy the works. I still have bad days but after a looong while (years) it gets better. Your body will strengthen were needed and hopefully that will help. They only advice I can give is to stretch and strengthen slowly. Swimming and pilates are good ways to strengthen without impact. Only take the meds that you 100% need and wean off as soon as you can. I’m not pain free and I don’t think I ever will be but I’ve learned to tolerate the daily pain. Good Luck and I hope you find some relief!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
My mom had fusion of C1-C3 as part of her orthopedic surgery post-brain tumor because the tumor was slamming her spine against one side of her foramen magnum, so the vertebrae were pretty fucked.
She’s had complete elimination of pain, however, so I’m not much help :(.
Post # 7
@starsinthesky: I am dealing with this right now (without the surgury). You need to get yourself a really good ART Chiropractor, an Acupunturist and Physio, they will help you a thousand times more then your doctor can. Most likely you your muscles in your low back and butt are all messed after your surgery and your sciatic nerve is pinched under your muscles. My L5 is fractured and my SI joint was jammed soild, I had been dealing with all your symptoms for several years before I finally couldn’t take it anymore (I originally could not stand up my back was so tight, leg was permanently asleep), a year with chiro and 6 months with acupunture and I am almost 100% better. It has been a long frustrating process but I am now starting to work on strengthing my lower back so I am almost there. One of the biggest things I found was it was a slow process, and sometimes one thing would get better and another new pain would pop up becuase my muscles and nerves and joints where being moves and loosened and now being re-tightened again, so you can’t quit give up you have too keep going.
Have no fear, your problems are absolutely fixable, you just need to right people to help you and the patience to stick with it as there is no quick fix.
I would say the acupunturist has been the most help for me overall because the pain is muscle and nerve related, but you need a good ART Chiropractor to make sure your joints are in line and you aren’t getting scar tissue etc. I can honestly say I almost cried after my last acupuncture appointment because it finally stopped the last of my leg pain, I was so happy.