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Oct 13, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

I had a spinal fusion in 2006. I was fused from T2 through L4. I had suffered many years from pain due to scoliosis as well as the other many common spinal ailments, spondlyothedisis, degenerative disc disease , etc. My plan was never to do surgery, choosing instead to do epidurals at different times. A car accident changed everything,making my very complicated spine completely unstable, hence the surgery. The first surgery in 2006, took 12 hours and did not fuse. The entire thing had to be done again in 2007, this time the fusion took hold. Many years have passed and I am so disappointed, left with chronic pain and what looks like a dowagers hump as my surgeon said my problem went so high she had to slightly bend the rod at the top otherwise I might have tipped forward or backward. I hate looking at myself when walking by a store front, I look l8ke a turtle. Is there anything that can be done just at the top, where this hump is? I just hate it but am petrified to have all the hardware removed. My surgeon told me to remove the hardware would be another two days of surgery at about 12 hours each time, with no guarantee’s. Is it possible to just corrrect the top where that ugly hump is? Does it mean they would have to break my bone where the hump has grown over the rod? I am guessing this is probably the only way and that frightens me to death. I am also on Warfarin as I had aortic valve replacement in 2001 and have a mechanical valve. Due to valve I have to be on this blood thinner forever, which when having surgery has much more additional risks, either losing too much blood or cutting back on the blood thinner too much and risk having a blood clot. Why can’t something be easier for me? Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated.

Aug 25, 2018 · Fractured L1 vertebrae has interrupted and changed my life in Spine Health

Thanks so much, I will look into this.

Aug 25, 2018 · Fractured L1 vertebrae has interrupted and changed my life in Spine Health

I am so sorry, pain is very wearing. I have been taking Norco for years. After having the 17 vertebrae fused I was told not to return to work. After months of recovery I did. This was a major mistake, as getting through each day was just miserable. When I was working I was taking 8 Norco a day. Luckily for me it never made me sleepy but obviously my body became addicted to it. I haven’t worked in over 6 years now and since leaving work I went down to 4 Norco a day. Like most everyone else, it does not take the pain away, just allows us to function as normally as possible. Unfortunately for me, I am on a blood thinner due to having had aortic vavlve replacement surgery way back in 2001. Being I have a mechanical valve the blood thinners are for life and because of this no anti inflammatoires for me! Actually this is a nightmare for me because anti inflammatoires would allow much more relief. I am sick of these pills and am now trying, very slowly this CBD oil. I am hoping that this will work and my goal is to get off Norco. I have cut back by half a pill, so down to 3 and 1/2 per day, wish me luck.

Aug 25, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

How old is your Yorkie? Lucy is 10years old and goes everywhere with me, this dog is so mellow, never ever yaps, goes to anyone, kids, etc, gentle as a lamb.

Aug 25, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

I walk at a very leisurely pace. I always take my little 7lb Yorkie with me, she poops out quickly so I have a stroller for her. The stroller actually helps me as I have something to hold on to that helps keep me upright for all those hours. I just feel like my whole midsection is sinking. Does anyone else have this problem. My fusion was T2 through L4.

Aug 24, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

How is your pain level, it sounds as though you are doing well, so happy to hear that. Thank you so much for your response.

I wish I had been to,d this info prior to surgery. I am so frightened of more surgery. Any surgery for me is very complicated as I am on a blood thinner for life and a 12 hour surgery is risky. My two prior surgeries involved a large amount of blood loss, I was in ICU over 10days. I don’t believe I could physically or psychologically go through it ever again. Well I say that but realistically I had no choice. For years I dealt with pain before any surgery but my plan was never to do surgery, just keep doing epidurals and PT. Everyth8ng changed from an accident my already very troubled spine (bone spurs, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, spondliyothesis, etc) become completely unstable. This was the one factor that changed everything. I was t9ld by my surgeon that walking is the best thing I can do for myself. I religiously walk every single day. For certain I walk a minimum of at least 4 miles but very often walk between 6 and 10 miles. I am not speedy at all an de it takes me hours but feel as though I am doing everything I can.

Aug 18, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

So sorry you are dealing with this.

Aug 17, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

Thank you for your reply. Last time I saw my surgeon I only discussed the constant vice like grip pain in the thoracic area. I didn’t bring up the ugly hump in my back. The surgeon stated that some people get relief by removing the hardware. I was told that surgery would involve two days of surgery aboout 12 hours each time. I was told while some benefit from this surgery, some can end up worse off. There is no way I will sign up for more surgery like that!