Thank you for this list. I will have L3-4 and 4-5 fusion using my own graft on Jan 6th. I have alot of questions. I think it is a posterior only fusion.
I will have a pain pump. Does this work well? How long will I have it? My insurance has approved only 3 days inpatient so I guess I will go home after 3 nights. Do I need a special bed or can I use stairs that soon to use my bed? How long do i need someone with me? What is my pain control at home? Does it work? I am not too worried about the lack of activity (my MD said I could return to work in 4 weeks except I will be uncomfortable sitting) I am mostly scared about pain. Is it excrutiating or just sore.
I'm 3 weeks post partial L5-S1 partial discectomy and so far I'm only up to walking about 15 minutes a day, I'd like to walk more and start swimming also but I'm not sure if it's too soon post-op to do that. Any ideas?
Thanks for the tips, these all came in handy for me. I have three other adults in the house besides myself, so cooking for the first month was up to them. I had two grabbers (one I broke trying to lift something too heavy), and they are a boon to have around! I am not allowed to bathe myself, my hubby must do it, which means I get one when he hast the time. They do not want me twisting or bending to shower myself. We kept all of our parent's medical equipment, which means we already had the walker, shower chair and pottey seat lift. Came in VERY handy!
[QUOTE=aprilfoolgirl]Thank you for this list. I will have L3-4 and 4-5 fusion using my own graft on Jan 6th. I have alot of questions. I think it is a posterior only fusion.
I will have a pain pump. Does this work well? How long will I have it? My insurance has approved only 3 days inpatient so I guess I will go home after 3 nights. Do I need a special bed or can I use stairs that soon to use my bed? How long do i need someone with me? What is my pain control at home? Does it work? I am not too worried about the lack of activity (my MD said I could return to work in 4 weeks except I will be uncomfortable sitting) I am mostly scared about pain. Is it excrutiating or just sore.[/QUOTE]
April I hope things went well...
The pain pump is great....
I think having a hospital bed at home is the way to go if you can have it. You can rent them....so check it out.
I wouldn't do much steps at all. Sounds like you might just be having a more simple back surgery...not sure...but if they are gonna let you go back to work in four weeks I am sure you will be fine.
Pain is something each person should really discuss with their surgeon prior....make sure you know exactly what is going to happen...have them draw you diagrams if you have to...KNOW everything! Also see if you can be assigned a pain specialist. This is the best! Make sure your surgeon knows you do NOT want to be IN pain after your surgery!
I have gone through 2 surgeries in two years now; ONE with nothing for pain practically and the other I was totally supported and taken care of. I suggest going through back surgery with a pain specialist! I wouldn't do it again without one!
Last edited by On My Back; 01-04-2005 at 12:35 PM.
I am sorry about this Melysa,
In June 2004 I had to have a disc removed 4cages placed rods and bolts and then they also did the fusion with all of this. They told me I would be as good as it gets 6-8 months post-op. I am only 1/2 way to were I need to be to do my job nad now I am looking toward my 7th month. I get around good but I can not do all of the lifting pulling bending pushing and all of that good stuff. It really sucks because I have always been the one who goes from sun up to sun down go to bed and start all over again. Good luck on the pain management I am noe starting to see a speacialest in the field of pain management. I been in this slump and now have depression to go with it. Dont let anyone tell you any different. Depression will come with the pain just look for it know it and dont do like I did and be afraid to seek help. I was at the point I wanted to die, just to chicken to do it. I would ask God to please let me die. Well we can say He did not listen to me. Somedays this may be good. Hang there and do all they say and if you smoke STOP I had to do that also. The nicotin will absorbe your blood cells and the fusion will not take as well or it will not fuse at all. I had to do alot of research on this topic. I wanted to find a reason to keep smoking. LOL. Good luck God bless and keep in touch and let me know how it goes. Kristina
Last edited by pinkaleigha; 01-07-2005 at 06:39 AM.
Good Luck April,
Yes the pain is hard if you do not like pain but hey who does. Hang in there and listen to all of the rules to the do's and dont's. I hope you get to go back to woek after 4 weeks. It sounds like your surgery is some what simple but what ever you do listen to your doctor. And search for some pain management article. Kristina
I am 3 month post surgery from an anterior cervical discectomy and i am having the worst time!! I have been having more pain, than before the surgery. They say it is muscle spasms, but my arms are so weak and painful i cannot perform the basic chores and self care stuff myself. It is weird i was getting WAY better, down to just tylenol 8 hr., life was grand.... then i took a 3 hr car ride. For the last month now, the pain has been getting much worse. I have been to the hospital 3 times thinking something else had gone wrong. 3 mri's later and ..... MUSCLE SPASMS??? UofM gave me Valium, Flexeril, Baclofen, and Nuerontin. 4 prescriptions!!! My hands tingle and go numb constantly, I have a reasonably big lump at the back of my neck. My collarbones and shoulder bones and arms, hurt and feel heavy. I have shooting pains that go down my right arm, while the left arm just feels tingly and weird. HELP!!! Does anyone know what i am talking about??? All the x-rays and MRI's are negative. The only thing it shows is some spurs in my thoracic region and none that are pinching everything. A nicely healing thoracic fracture and of course my surgery site c/5 - c/6. I am truly baffled. The sounds from the mri maching made my muscles twitch soooo bad. At the hospital after the strenght tests with the DR., my muscles looked like i was hooked up to a muscle stimulator. If anyone had any ideas, please let me know. Thanks.
Thats just awesome! I want to thank you for this bit of info, as I am scheduled for my discectomy next Wednesday (Sep. 7, 2005). It's a scary thing, but reading these posts have helped with the questions, and fears I had/have. Thanks all for helping people you don't even know.
well you had the same operation im having a 2 level 360 lumbar fusion with 4 cages, 6 screws, and 2 bars. im hoping you still visit these posts and have a question for?, can you tell me what the pain is like post operative and if ill use a walker or cane? if ill be able to get around fairly easy or is it going to be hell on earth, id appreciate it if yo can give me all of your postoperative experiances thankyou hope to here from you soon...
We have not chatted yet, but I will tell you my story. I have a level 4 fusion, and a decompression laminectomy on January 26 th of 2005, so I am almost a year recovered now. I have had 6 major surgeries in my day, c-sections, gall bladder, hysterectomy, kidney stones, and one thing I can tell you is these are all muscle/organ surgeries, what you are about to have is bone surgery. I am not going to lye to you and tell you it isn't bad. It hurts like hell, really bad, and you just want to lay in bed and not move, they will get you up the day after surgery. Do it, it is the best thing for you, and they will start you out with a walker, I did one trip down the hall with the walker, then they gave me the cane, and that I ended up leaving there on day 3 when I left the hospital. I recover really well, and I know what I have to do as I know this is the best thing for you. Get up, it gets the lungs back in shape, and gets the happy juice out of your body. I needed a raised toliet seat when I got home, as all toliets are not the same level, and I had to do sponge baths for 14 days, but that wasn't bad, I had a hospital bed delivered so they put that in the living room as I had to be close to the bathroom. But the pain, it is on the same lines as childbirth as far as you will forget it, but remember this is bone surgery, and it is going to hurt, but they will give you good drugs while your in the hospital. Let me know if this helps. I will not sugar coat, but I won't lie either.
I am new to Healthboards and was in search of pain relief. I also have had a 3 level fusion in my cervical area on Feb 13. We recently lost our health insurance and I called to see how much my Vicoprophen would be without insurance. It is $150. Does anyone know where I can get this at a lower amount or perhaps from the distributer? I have a prescription for it but can not fill it at that price. I am on disability and have a limited budget. I am hoping someone can help me find a way for me to refill this since i am still recovering from the surgery and need pain meds. Thank you, Rita
Most physicians can give you the name and address of the company that manufactures it...usually they have a program to help people who aren't able to afford their meds. Also, check online there are places that are willing to help with your meds. Good Luck!