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Chronic pain and spinal fusion

Spine Health | Last Active: May 14, 2021 | Replies (169)

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@grandmar

Good Morning,
Just thought I would fill you in on my progress since my fusion surgeon 2 1/2 weeks ago.
I had my first post-op x-ray of my L3/4 fusion.
I am healing very well.
I will take another x-ray before my next appointment in 4 weeks.

As far as my abilities.
I still need to walk with assistance because of the pain, I am not steady on my feet.
As per my doctor's instructions, I walk (with the walker) at least 3 times a day, 15-20 minutes each walk.
When I am not 'exercising', I use the cane.
I still can't bend, reach, stretch or twist.
I also can't go into my swimming pool.
I'm still on pain medication so I can't drive.

As far as pain is concerned:
I am still in bad pain.
I take my pain pill regularly throughout the day (every 5 hrs.).
The morning, getting our of bed, is a BIG issue.
The pain is horrible!!
I need my husband with me for fear that I will get a spasm and fall.
Throughout the day, the pain and spasms subside.
I cannot sleep in my bed because the mattress is too firm.
Luckily, I have a softer mattress in my guest room, that is
perfect……
How was it in the 3 BEARS? 1 was too soft, 1 was too hard, but 1 was just right! 🙂
The pain goes from my lower back and down my legs.
This is surgical pain and nerve inflamation.
Thankfully, I feel a big difference in my right leg.
I go back to the doctor in 4 weeks.
Hopefully, I won't need assistive devices to walk, I'll be off pain med. so I can drive and do all the things I can't do now.
Was this surgery worth it?
Depending on when I am asked that question, depends on my answer.
Truth is, I really had no choice.
If I continued on the road I was on, I probably would have wound up in a wheelchair and in constant pain. I had not alternatives left.
I am hoping this surgery will be the answer to my chroic pain.
The pain, along with the spasms, I very painful!
Deciding to have this surgery is something not to be taken lightly.
I would make sure I've exhausted every option, including thinking out of the box.
I know that over time, I will feel better.
My only worry now is to make sure I don't become dependent on the pain med.
My doc is overseeing that I don't.
Hopefully, by next week, I'll be able to take my pain med less frequently and even more less frequently the following week, etc.
Thanks for letting me share!
If you are thinking of having fusion surgery or you already had it and you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Have a pain-free day……
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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God bless you real good! I’d like to say I can’t imagine – but actually I can – two friends of mine have had fusions. One stayed at home afterwards, but the other opted to go into a nursing home because she didn’t want her hubby having to do “personal” care. I want to tell you that both women are success stories for their fusions. They had them done in Hartford, Ct. . I have needed one for years (I’m 69)but can’t because of other disease processes and low weight. Don’t worry about pain meds. If you need them – take them. Thank you for your honest posting of this. I wish you all the best. I believe in “the big picture” you will be happy you had the fusion. I will pray for your continued healing.

@grandmar Ronnie you are a trooper physical problems are tough but you have a great sense of humor the 3bears .funny dont lose that I love it I have some suggestions that help me Im probably repeating ,forgive me For inflammation which causes pain either ice it or buy ginger-Tumeric tea ,Trader Joe's, for the nerves My painaway from Topricin ,CVS these both work for me just suggesting.Glad your doing so well.hugs .Linda

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