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March 2nd, 2011
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Welcome friends to this forum,
nyga1mar good to hear your doing better.
Kevin, showers are a nemesis of those of us with back issues, must have a spouse help you in and out and also lift your legs very slowly, when getting in and out of cloths, tub, stairs, vehicles, any slip can cause a great deal of stress on the fusion. Sleeping habits will also help your fusion, try and sleep straight on your back. I say a little prayer for you all.
Jesslt84, welcome girl,
so young to have such issues with your back, when your younger u heal much faster. Is their a history of back issues in your family. well i wish i could say you will be back to work, in 6 weeks but in reality that has not been my experience. My husband was down for 16 weeks. Especially if you have a sitting job, it takes time to sit and you can;t do it for long periods. Our surgeon had restricted any lifting for 3 months..period.. Is there anyone to help you care for your little one for the first 6 weeks.. lifting will put you back at square 1 girl.. Sitting to is not good, and must be done gradually.. Walking is key but should done only when the doctor tells you to start.. Rest the first 4 weeks, sleep, lots of water, no smoking at all, our specialist would not touch my husband while he was smoking. His spine fused well, but now the discs above are bulging 3 of them. See doctors tell u that you can go back to a physical job, you can NOT. Thats what my husband did, and now he is worse off and at 53, he has lost his career, we lost everything.. Bottom line if you have issues with your back, u must make plans for future, so while in good health, get more training in a field that is not physical. Don't assume that you will be back to good as new, as the discs above a fusion do give out, especially in a physical trade job, like construction, or driving truck. At least 6 weeks to drive.. u should get a spinal surgeon honey, they are the ones that really know what your capable of doing, maybe your neurosurgeon can give you a referral. and don;t feel bad to ask the doctor, tell him your scared and you have to provide for you child, and what about Coflex implant if you have serious history of back issues it might be a thought to protect the discs in the future, see jaggs3409 comment. I wish doctors would be more proactive in treating spine issues, but no money is made that way.. Know your all in my prayers and thoughts big hug ww
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replied March 3rd, 2011
wickedwanda thank you for your thoughts!! My neurosurgeon specializes in spine and spinal cords, which is another reason why the surgery is almost the only treatment that we can do... the way that the my disc is ruptured is into the spinal sack, and also the disc is so degenerated that the verabrate is closing down onto a nerve! Which is why I didn't have choice for the first 2 surgeries... I couldn't feel my legs at all, as in I couldn't walk. Thankfully they were able to move everything off the nerve and I was good... I do have 2 sisters they will be able to help with my lil boy they are both in high school so I'm looking at having the surgery while they are out for summer. I have for lack of better words a clerical job... very lil time on my feet, which from what I see can be just as bad for getting back to work quickly.... I don't have a history of any back problems thru my family matter of fact I'm the only one that has had any kind of back surgery!?! I had a car accident when I was 18 and we are guessing that these problems happened then. I had the wreck May 30th, then a suggnificant breast reduction in Aug., then my first back surgery in Nov. so there were a few factors...
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replied March 3rd, 2011
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Hey girl, thats great that your doctor is so experienced that is so key. many people go to an orthopedic doctor and i really feel we should go to who is the best for the injury.. Well thats good you have sisters to help. i helped a friend by make meals for her family and we would freeze them, like lasagna, ribs, ect anything that freezes well, it really helped with the cooking.. i hope everything goes well and keep in touch ok cheers wanda
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replied March 9th, 2011
First of all I am very glad to have found this site. I had a L4-S1 Fusion in 2002. It had steadily worsened until this past summer. I was scheduled for a l2-S1 Spinal fusion with l2-l4 TLIF and L4-S1 revision. It was completed Dec 16th. I spent 4 days in the hospital and was discharged with minimal meds. My biggest issue now is my hip and buttock pain in both sides. Its a cross between burning and stabbing pain, definately worse with increased activites. Now that I am walking farther it seems to worsen to the point of not allowing me to lay down in any position, thereby making sleep difficult. I am not one for medications of any type but would like to find something from slowing my healthing/recovery process. I have spoken to my Nuero Dr about this pain during all of my visits and he doesnt seem to think much of it, even when I asked if there were anything I could do, he responded that they dont issue Narcotics for things like that, I responded I was looking for more of a sports thyrapy treatment. He said to ice and rest more. I dont start PT for another 2 weeks and would like to be able to sleep and at least walk some. Any ideas???
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replied March 11th, 2011
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Welcome Flintster,
My hubby had his L5S1 fusion done on Aug 10 2009, he to has the same pain. he was told there was no arthritis and he could resume a construction job, he too has scar tissue build up at the harvest sites that have hurt him since the surgery. yesterday it was confirmed that the fusion is got issues and he now has 3 bulging discs above that, and 3 totally degenerative at his shoulder blades and a herniated disc in the neck. he was assessed and is waiting again for an mri, despite being a non-smoker, lots of vitamin c, milk his age has caught up to him, he is 53.
Ok this will sound weird but you got to rub those knots out or they will continue to pinch as soon as i know what caused the hip pain i will let you know ok?
Get prepared for the worst, down size, be smart with your money, as now we are on disability but its nothing, be proactive if your going to be off work, and if it take time to get help start now. ok. we are going bankrupt now too, so i know what fear everyone on this thread goes thru.. hang in there.. wanda
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replied March 16th, 2011
Spinal Fusion L5/S1 and Coflex Implant L4/L5
Hi All
Just wanted to say I'm now 8 weeks post surgery and doing really well. I'm glad to say that the pain I had prior to surgery has gone and all I'm left with is the pain from the surgery.
I must say I'm so glad my consultant put in a Coflex Implant at L5/L4 as some of you have really suffered following your fushion surgery with the vertebrae's above the fushion site slowly collapsing, so I'm hoping this Coflex Implant will help prevent this and will keep you updated.
I'm also hoping to go back to work next month and i'm off to see works occupational health doctor later today, to see if work need to supply me with any new equipment at my work station, and to speak about returning to work on a phased return. Work want to make sure that they do everything correctly for my return which I'm pleased about. I'm so looking forward to returning to work as I miss the company and I'm so bored.
I'm also going to see another consultant today about my right knee, as it giving me hell.... I had Microfracture surgery done last April but it hasn't worked, if anything it's made it worse !! he has spoken about grafts and implants but again it means more time of work and more time on crutches non weight bearing which makes me so depressed. All I want is to be pain free and normal but I guess thats to much to ask for in life !!!
Wanda I'm so sorry to hear about your husbands problems, what have the doctors said and what will they be able to do for him now ????
I must say I liked your advice on getting prepared before your surgery. I can honestly say I spent two whole days cooking before I had my surgery. I completley filled my freezer with loads of different fresh cooked meals, as I knew it would make life so much easier for my son and husband, and would also mean I had decent food to eat as well..... ha ha ha
I've still got a few meals left in the freezer and don't know how we would of managed if I hadn't of done this, as my husband works all over the country (UK) and works such long hours. I even cleaned the house top to bottom and changed all the beding, washed and ironed them even though I was in terrible pain with my back .... the things we do for our famlies.
I must say to everyone that this is really good advice as it does help so much with your recovery as you don't end up stressing or worrying about your family, and you can really focus on your recovery which is so important !!!!!
Maggie x
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replied March 16th, 2011
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Hi Maggie, i am going to ask my hubby reds surgeon that, about coflex, as now his osteoarthritis is set in. I am so mad, really at the surgeon for being flippant about doing such a physical job after fusions. We need to be very careful afterward, and also teach our kids that bodys wear out, so have a back up plan. Now red (my hubby) has 8 disc issues, we are waiting for another mri, and then they wanted 2 more referrals for the degenerative discs and the herniated neck.. we were livid with them and said can you not treat the whole spine.Just more money they make.. we are on disability and going bankrupt because of this, the wait for care is insane in canada.
But i am so glad the meals helped hone, i know i did that for a best friend of mine and it was all i could do for their family, i even did pie filling and taught the boys how to make apple pies with frozen shells..
I can't stress enough that if you don;t have support after a major surgery to do the foot work before, churches and even hospitals may offer you help. never be too proud to accept help(gentlemen!)and lots of water water! and no advil!!.. so glad i could help and i will keep you up dated be well my friends!! ww
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replied March 17th, 2011
Greetings fellow back pain sufferers,

It has been about 3.5 months since I have written but thought some may be interested in my progress. On page 15 explains my surgery and my entries started around page 10 if you want to follow my progress through this ordeal.

In summary, on 11/17/10 I have my 3rd back surgery. I have a posterior L3 – S1 fusion and an Anterior (through the stomach) L4 – S1. As you can imagine the recovery has been tough but this hospital has me working with a pain specialist who managed my meds closely. Even though I still have some residual pain it is more surgery related than issues with defects. The nerve pain in my legs is essentially gone and my back is much better with the only pain from recovery. I am still taking Oxycontin and Percocet but from my surgery until now I am taking less than half . The weening process is very slow but having been cut off from my meds on prior surgeries this is a walk in the park. My goal is to be off the Oxycontin within 6 weeks and taking minimal Percocet for the near future.

The net result of my surgery is that after 4 months I honestly feel like I have gotten my problems fixed. My pain level is usually a 1 or 2 unless I overexert myself but rarely over a 6 and that happens less and less. I joined this forum because of the chronic pain and the depression over losing my ability to enjoy life. It has helped me get through some tough times. I want everyone one to know that there is hope. I believe in the next few months I will be able to get back to work full time and by the year mark I hope to be 75% of my past self which in turn maybe 100% of my new self but that’s okay. The main focus I saw in this forum was the questions pertaining to what can I do now and what can I expect. If you have been going through this for a while do not discount any option. The last thing I wanted a third surgery that was twice my first two combined. When I had my follow up with the surgeon last Friday he told me how bad the affects were from my prior surgeon. The first surgeon was a great guy and had the pedigree but wasn’t a back specialist. My current surgeon is from UC San Francisco spinal center and all he does is spines. He told me that my current pain from recovery and the exhaustion I feel are all normal and now I should be improving exponentially. I started physical therapy this week and it has increased the pain but more from being so out of shape than issues with my back. My first two surgeries I was doing PT 5 to 6 days a week a month out and just wanted to get healthy and go back to work. This time I just took my time to recovery and didn’t push the limits.

My disability was extended another 4 months because I still can’t make it through a normal workday but compared to even one month ago I have improved immensely. I keep busy around the house and sit down frequently to rest but am able to get back up and do some more. It’s been almost 3 years since my first surgery and 10 years with chronic pain. This is the first time I feel I am healed and will be okay. The point I wish to make is don’t give up. I almost did so many times and heading into the 3rd surgery I felt this is my last try then take a more permanent action. I feel great, my wife and I are looking forward to our future again and I will be able to wake up and enjoy life. Nothing is worse than going to bed knowing that when you wake up it will be miserable all over again. Do not give up hope. Go to different doctors. As a main thread of my conversations with Quaver, Badfoot, Basil and others was be your own advocate. What the doctors tell you is not gospel. Do not discount another surgery if there is a good chance it can help. Dr. Sigerd Bervin at UCSF was my miracle worker. All he does is spines and is a leading surgeon in spinal repairs. He said over 50% of his surgeries are to redo other surgeons work. His him a call if you have nothing else to lose or research other cutting edge specialists out there.

I read on this forum that people tend to go away if and when they get cured. I found myself doing the same thing but I want to let everyone know there is hope. Do not give up. I will check back in if anybody has a question for me but I will be back rarely. To Quaver in particular, I hope you find the answer to your problems and I will continue to pray for you all.

Best of luck,
Michael
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replied March 17th, 2011
Greetings fellow back pain sufferers,

It has been about 3.5 months since I have written but thought some may be interested in my progress. On page 15 explains my surgery and my entries started around page 10 if you want to follow my progress through this ordeal.

In summary, on 11/17/10 I have my 3rd back surgery. I have a posterior L3 – S1 fusion and an Anterior (through the stomach) L4 – S1. As you can imagine the recovery has been tough but this hospital has me working with a pain specialist who managed my meds closely. Even though I still have some residual pain it is more surgery related than issues with defects. The nerve pain in my legs is essentially gone and my back is much better with the only pain from recovery. I am still taking Oxycontin and Percocet but from my surgery until now I am taking less than half . The weening process is very slow but having been cut off from my meds on prior surgeries this is a walk in the park. My goal is to be off the Oxycontin within 6 weeks and taking minimal Percocet for the near future.

The net result of my surgery is that after 4 months I honestly feel like I have gotten my problems fixed. My pain level is usually a 1 or 2 unless I overexert myself but rarely over a 6 and that happens less and less. I joined this forum because of the chronic pain and the depression over losing my ability to enjoy life. It has helped me get through some tough times. I want everyone one to know that there is hope. I believe in the next few months I will be able to get back to work full time and by the year mark I hope to be 75% of my past self which in turn maybe 100% of my new self but that’s okay. The main focus I saw in this forum was the questions pertaining to what can I do now and what can I expect. If you have been going through this for a while do not discount any option. The last thing I wanted a third surgery that was twice my first two combined. When I had my follow up with the surgeon last Friday he told me how bad the affects were from my prior surgeon. The first surgeon was a great guy and had the pedigree but wasn’t a back specialist. My current surgeon is from UC San Francisco spinal center and all he does is spines. He told me that my current pain from recovery and the exhaustion I feel are all normal and now I should be improving exponentially. I started physical therapy this week and it has increased the pain but more from being so out of shape than issues with my back. My first two surgeries I was doing PT 5 to 6 days a week a month out and just wanted to get healthy and go back to work. This time I just took my time to recovery and didn’t push the limits.

My disability was extended another 4 months because I still can’t make it through a normal workday but compared to even one month ago I have improved immensely. I keep busy around the house and sit down frequently to rest but am able to get back up and do some more. It’s been almost 3 years since my first surgery and 10 years with chronic pain. This is the first time I feel I am healed and will be okay. The point I wish to make is don’t give up. I almost did so many times and heading into the 3rd surgery I felt this is my last try then take a more permanent action. I feel great, my wife and I are looking forward to our future again and I will be able to wake up and enjoy life. Nothing is worse than going to bed knowing that when you wake up it will be miserable all over again. Do not give up hope. Go to different doctors. As a main thread of my conversations with Quaver, Badfoot, Basil and others was be your own advocate. What the doctors tell you is not gospel. Do not discount another surgery if there is a good chance it can help. Dr. Sigerd Bervin at UCSF was my miracle worker. All he does is spines and is a leading surgeon in spinal repairs. He said over 50% of his surgeries are to redo other surgeons work. His him a call if you have nothing else to lose or research other cutting edge specialists out there.

I read on this forum that people tend to go away if and when they get cured. I found myself doing the same thing but I want to let everyone know there is hope. Do not give up. I will check back in if anybody has a question for me but I will be back rarely. To Quaver in particular, I hope you find the answer to your problems and I will continue to pray for you all.

Best of luck,
Michael
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replied August 31st, 2011
Hi Michael,
So nice to look in and see your uplifting post...I am so pleased you are really on the road to what I hope is a full recovery,and it sounds like you have recaptured what was eluding you for so long...mostly painfree days and getting back your life. It is so true that those of us who have successes tend to move away from this website. I count my blessings that although not completely pain free, I am certain I am 90% there. I have been off all medication since March, doing water aerobics 4X a week, accupressure 2X a week, and taking tumeric and boswellia for the remaining neuropathy that remains in my lower right leg/foot. A recent physical in July pointed to critically low B12 levels, and I have been getting monthly shots and taking B12 supplements twice daily. One of the results of such a shortage is nerve pain, and depression, and both have subsided greatly. Those of you who are still experiencing inflamation, neuropathy, and a mild depression from having such invasive/painful surgery, do not discount natural remedies. I was quite skeptical myself, but there is no doubt that they have been doing ALOT of good. Most days are good and painfree, and I only notice mild pain now and then, usually due to over doing it and/or cold wet climate changes. It IS a tough road...don't kid yourselves. I found the best results come from doing the work for recovery: sometimes not easy, and always time consuming. I have met in person, 2 people who have had the same or similar surgery, and both said to give it a full 18 months to 3 years to feel 100%, and I believe it to be true. I can't tell you how important and beneficial to try to be as active as you can be, and that the pool made all the difference. Final words: Don't give up...and if it still is not right, do what Michael did...see another Doctor. It's sad to read that his doctor said most of his work is correcting other doctor's work...but I believe that.How sad. Good luck to you all, and be well.
Badfoot (Paula)
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replied March 17th, 2011
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Michael, so glad to here your doing well and glad you gave us an up date. Its important that everyone know yes its a long haul, but there is relief at the end. I absolutely believe in finding the surgeon that specializes in your issue, whether its spine or hand.. To Quaver i am thinking of you and hope your ok.. please keep us up to date good or bad.. big hug wanda
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replied April 28th, 2011
Hello Quaver, Wanda and the crew,
Does anyone still use this site anymore? I am curious to see how everyone is doing. I hope you are all doing much better. I would love some updates.

All my best, Michael
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replied April 29th, 2011
To refresh, I had an L4-L5-S1 tlif in July of last year and a bout of staph infection in the hardware at Christmas. Following 3 weeks in the hospital after removal of the hardware, I have completed my 3 1/2 month run with infusion and oral antibiotics to hopefully stave off any further infection. I have been doing PT daily for a couple months, walking/core strengthening regimen. Progress is measured in small improvements for an impatient patient! I have been back at work with lifting restrictions for two months. Hopefully I will return to a semblance of normality soon. Take care all!
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replied April 29th, 2011
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Imreichel, yes i do i check out this thread for every posting.. My hubby is not doing to well, seems the arthritis is so sever and he can;t take anything for it as he now has a heart condition they say he had a heart attack??? hmm we had no idea.. if anyone has any suggestions always open to hearing from you all.. keep us up dated especially if its good news!!
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replied May 2nd, 2011
I too just had spinal fusion surgery on April 1 2011 I am recovering slowly my DR. told me this was a very painful surgery, and that it would take a long time for my back to heal. i did have some terrible leg pain about 2-3 days after my surgery. I went to the emergency room, they checked me for blood clots. Thankfully they found none. My DR. told me that my nerves especially the sciatic nerve was very very irritated and it would take a while to calm it down. He prescribed me some strong Oxycontin that I am to take 1 pill and 9am and another at 9pm plus I still take my percacet as needed in between my other pain meds. i also take 600 mg of neurotin it really helps with my nerve pain. Now I have been taking the nerotin for about 3 month before my surgery so its been in my system and continues to work on my nerves.
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replied May 3rd, 2011
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Stannash, welcome to the forum, my husband had such sever sciatica that he could not walk or sit, we had to drive 13 hours to see family stayed a week and then 13 hours home. We have an excellent acupuncturist and laser therapy.. i high recommend the latter after about 1 month. how ever my husband had it done ever 3 days on the donar sites and it made a big difference, it increases the blood flow.. have this done by a japenese or chinese expert, none of this physiotherapist that say they do it, one wrong needle and that can cause you more pain. But finding an expert, the needles don;t hurt and it really is relaxing.. u will me sore, but its important to walk a little and no sitting for a while.. stay positive.. make sure have someone help you in and out of the tub.. legs rubs can help.. keep in touch.. u will be in prayers friend Wanda
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replied May 5th, 2011
Never really used forums before, but here we go.

I was suffering from lower back pain for over a year before my doctor started me with pain management, steroid injections. First three injections went good 6 weeks pain free and an injection every 8 weeks. The 4th and 5th injections left me in more pain than before the injection. I was finally referred to a neurosurgeon. He diagnosed me in Mar of 2010 with a ruptured disc which must have happened around Nov/Dec 09. In June of 2010 my doctor attempted a disc replacement, but due to my unique anatomical structure he was unable to complete the procedure. So I had L5/S1 spinal fusion surgery in July of 2010. October 2010 check up went good, but my follow up Feb 2011 showed only 25% of the material had fused, the bottom left side was attached to the vertebrae and there was little to no growth at all on the right side. I have another follow up on the 11th of this month, and I have seen the x-rays already and read the report. Basically no change since Feb. Not looking forward to my appointment on the 11th, fearful/dreading the thought of yet another surgery and the recovery time. We all know to well the recovery time and dependency we have on our loved ones during this time. Side note on medications I have to take vicodin everyday and some days valium for back spasms. Still trying to control my diet, I am not used to being so inactive, and of course the weight gain is not good for my back either. I will let you all know what he says next week. Any feedback on what I can truly expect would be greatly appreciated. If the bone is not growing will I require another surgery? If so will they leave what has grown in place and work around it or start over from scratch?
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replied May 10th, 2011
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welcome to the forum, luvcomp , we are here to support you. lifepreserver . u must make sure your in taking allot of water, got walk and move as soon as you can, every story is different and they are all important.. make sure no smoking, no Advil Rolling Eyes , cut back on all caffeine Mad Rolling Eyes , intake water lifepreserver minium of 8 8oz glasses of water only! lifepreserver lifepreserver rainbow , u need it to fuse.. keep in touch ww queen
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replied June 2nd, 2011
AQUA THERAPY
Ok Im new here but lets get started.. First of all i am on my 4th back surgery and it was the big one L-3 down to S-1.. yup im 38 years old and 8 weeks post op and its not getting any easier..not doing well but healed enough to start Aqua therapy !! This is the BEST WAY to heal and recover from a back surgery no doubt about it.. im a big physical guy and have had 16 surgerys due to work and sports.. if your having a problem healing and getting over the hump and every day struggle of the " worst F*&#$ng pain possible" Aqua therapy..If you cant find soemone that does PT in the pool.. do the jazzersize class at the local pool with the golden girls... you will be amazed at the difference... and you are not alone .. and No one knows the pain level you experience but you.. just be thankfull for the people that are helping you and remember to keep the attitude in check because even though family and friends dont know the pain your in doesnt meen they dont care and try not to take it out on them..Yes I have learned the hard way Sad but keep your chin up.. the hours and days even though they seem long and tough everyday we heal.. just have to keep chugging along ! ok that's my speal i hope it helps someone..
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replied June 3rd, 2011
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Dirtyo2,
thanks for that information i have been trying to get my husband to come to the pool we gotta get some swimming attire and being large he is not comfortable going into a pool, so i will tell him.. coming from a guy it will mean more.. thanks for joining the thread. he has 3 more bulging discs and 3 degenerative above it now and a herniated disc in his neck, he is MISERABLE, we are waiting for surgeons to assess but its taking so long and he is miserable like i said!!
thanks and keep us updated ww
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replied June 4th, 2011
Hi Wanda and all,

I am sorry to hear about your husband. It sounds as though he has had an exceptionally hard time even for the people in this forum. Is there any prognosis for taking action to improve his state?

I am now 7 months post op and doing okay. For the past 3 months I�ve been weaning off the oxycontin which has been quite difficult. I started at 180 mg a day and one lessons it by 10 mg per week. For 4 or 5 days the withdrawals hits quite hard and by the 7th day your feeling better then it starts over. It is a wonderful med for relieving pain but I can see why it can be so addictive. My problem is that when I got to 40 mg a day the pain in my legs came back and has increased as the dosage got lower. I am down to 10 mg but have not gotten completely off of it as the pain is getting greater. Just when I thought I was over this I realize that you never get totally healed. I have an appointment with my surgeon next Friday and he wants to take some scans so perhaps we can see if something is wrong but we must keep on fighting the good fight.

Good health to all,
Michael
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replied June 4th, 2011
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Hi Micheal, thanks for your compassion, with still having pain in your legs, i agree you should see a surgeon, maybe scar tissue has built up on a nerve. We have excellent results with acupuncture and laser, its just last 2 days and one bad move and your back to where you were. its very distressing but we really try and stay positive. We have each other and rent a small basement suite and some good friends that help us. Being a construction manager you don;t make friends, if you want the job done, so those that we have are the cream of the crop and helped us move 3 times in 4 years, brutal.. I totally understand about Oxy's he gets miserable when decreasing and the bottom line is the back never gets healthy again, really. If if your super fit, u must be careful. I am hoping to get him into the water, i know it will help him with his movements. But for now i must get the yard mowed with out his knowing, lol as i am not well either, but work has to get done.. Have a great weekend wanda
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replied July 3rd, 2011
spinal fusion recovery story
My recovery after TLIF (Transforaminal Lumber Interbody Fusion) has been fantastic compared to the stories I've read here. I think my surgeon did an excellent job, with the instrumentation (screws and rods) - it looks like scaffolding in the x-ray. I think the post surgery drugs, mainly panadol and oxycontin were great. It took some time to come off oxy however, and some excruciating body aches but I stretched the time between doses and gradually reduced the amount (tablet size) from 40 to 20 to 10 to 5 mgs per day.
Now all of the morphine has gone from my body and I'm starting to feel more pain in my back where the screws and bone graft material has been placed. So a couple of times I've returned to oxy and it has worked. However, oxy has too many negatives to keep using it. Just a temporary fix.
I must add that I've been doing exercise during this recovery process which has been about 4 months now. Surgery was March 2nd this year. 4 weeks after surgery, everyday I was walking about 3 kms and swimming 200 meters backstroke and 200 meters sidestroke. I would walk in the pool for about 20 minutes as well. I avoided freestyle because of the twisting motion of the back.
I'm feeling good except that I still get a little bit of nerve pain in the right leg and hip and the right foot is a little numb. I'm happy walking. Standing is OK but I can't sit for long periods
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