Chronic pain and spinal fusion

Posted by lynn12 @lynn12, Aug 16, 2018

Hi
I am wondering if there is anyone out there has experienced what I am dealing with? In 2006 I had a spinal fusion from T2 through L4. Actually the fusion failed and after one year had to be repeated, this time using a bone morphosizing protein that ensured fusion. Like most who have endured a surgery like this I am left with chronic pain. I have through the years also developed quite a dowagers hump. The surgeon explained that my problem went up so high that she actually bent the rod a bit forward during surgery otherwise noting that I may become off balance. As the years have gone by this hump is looking more and more pronounced. I absolutely hate it and feel so ugly, can anything safely be done or does it involve another dangerous surgical procedure? As you can imagine the thought of more surgery is frightening to me. What complicates matters is I am on Warfarin (blood thinner) due to aortic valve repelacement in 2001. Any surgery for me is always more complicated.

@ethanmcconkey

Hi @fjkphx you may have noticed I moved your post to this existing discussion on spinal fusions so that you can connect with others who have similar experiences. Simply click VIEW & REPLY in your email notification to get to your post.

I also wanted to tag fellow Connect members @grandmar @beckyann and @salsa have either had lumbar fusions or have had other spinal fusions and may be able to offer you support.

@fjkphx will you be undergoing a lumbar fusion? Or are you exploring your options?

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I had l4 through S1 spinal fusion surgery 5 months ago and still in pain. Is there anyone else who experience pain that long after surgery? Is it normal ?

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Rule of thumb – one year recovery!! Go slowly! I can’t have a needed fusion due to my having lung disease, but I have always been told the recovery is one year. A dear friend had a fusion and that’s how long it took her as well. She actually went into a nursing home for six months because she didn’t want her husband tending to her bodily functions. Patience is key! One day at a time. Tramadol is a good medication to ease pain if that is available for you. Good luck.

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@irene5

Rule of thumb – one year recovery!! Go slowly! I can’t have a needed fusion due to my having lung disease, but I have always been told the recovery is one year. A dear friend had a fusion and that’s how long it took her as well. She actually went into a nursing home for six months because she didn’t want her husband tending to her bodily functions. Patience is key! One day at a time. Tramadol is a good medication to ease pain if that is available for you. Good luck.

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Thanks for your reply. It is difficult to keep positive when living with pain every day. But if you need a fusion, than I don’t have tell you about that. I was wondering how long others were in pain after a fusion. Did your friend have a positive result after the year? Take care and I wish you well.

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Thank you. Yes I’ve had pain since 1976. I should have had the fusion when it was an option. My friend is awesome today! She actually tripped over her dog coming out of the shower and fell a few years after the fusion. She never even told her husband. Everything has held together very well, and she is free from pain. Hers was done at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut .

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@irene5

Thank you. Yes I’ve had pain since 1976. I should have had the fusion when it was an option. My friend is awesome today! She actually tripped over her dog coming out of the shower and fell a few years after the fusion. She never even told her husband. Everything has held together very well, and she is free from pain. Hers was done at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut .

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Thank you, that is so good to hear, it gives me hope. I had my fusion done at Mayo Clinic in AZ. I see my doctor next month, so I am hoping that everything will look good and I just need more time. I am in my 70's, so it may take a longer to recover. Take care.

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Oh good! I’m 70 so I get that! Everything takes longer at our ages especially with other medical issues. It’s still better than the alternative! Wishing you the best.

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