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Old 11-10-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy ugh hurting almost 3 weeks post op ALIF

My lower back and right leg are killing me!! So far I have taken Lortab10 and Valuim 20mg plus 10mg Ambien (all in my PM plan, no abuse).. but I am hurting!!! Just looking for some one to talk to that might be having this type of pain at this time or was experiencing it when they were 3 weeks post..

Prior to surgery I had L5-S1 compression; they decomplressed caged with the calcium stuff 4 screws and a plate... I mean I am at the point wherer I am medicated out, I cannot take much more and I am not even tired because I am just uncomfortable...

Anyone know where I can buy one of those rejuvenation tanks they used in the old Mutant League Animated Series haha

No seriously did I like break a screw or something, give me some feedback people

 
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Re: ugh hurting almost 3 weeks post op ALIF

It is highly unlikely you broke a screw....even though you read about it on boards like this, it is really quite uncommon to break a screw. Did you fall or why would you ask?

I'm not sure if you were expecting to be pain-free after surgery, but that rarely happens either. Surgery is usually done to correct a mechanical problem and for some pain relief, but rarely does it resolve pain entirely.

That said, you are still very early in recovery and I am sure you will continue to get better and better. It is just a long, slow process....think in terms of months rather than days or weeks....

You might want to use ice for the pain. It works surprisingly well if you do it frequently.

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Re: ugh hurting almost 3 weeks post op ALIF

[QUOTE=teteri66;5086947]It is highly unlikely you broke a screw....even though you read about it on boards like this, it is really quite uncommon to break a screw. Did you fall or why would you ask?

I'm not sure if you were expecting to be pain-free after surgery, but that rarely happens either. Surgery is usually done to correct a mechanical problem and for some pain relief, but rarely does it resolve pain entirely.

That said, you are still very early in recovery and I am sure you will continue to get better and better. It is just a long, slow process....think in terms of months rather than days or weeks....

You might want to use ice for the pain. It works surprisingly well if you do it frequently.[/QUOTE]

No fall doll... I am up and down.. feel great feel horrible.. right now I am dying.. I know I am trying to get into the mind set of months I'm at weeks need to get to months..... I love these boards because I can get answers. I just feel like total crap and you would think I would get relief, I mean that's why I am on the drugs ya know hun... I just.. IDK maybe feel better through the night or in the morning....

 
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Re: ugh hurting almost 3 weeks post op ALIF

Hi, I have one thing to say on this subject, SAD. I went thru a 3 level fusion anterior posterior alittle over 3 yrs. And I am a mess. My pain started getting real bad around 3 wks after the surgery. I am living on morphine, amitriptaline, tanzidene, trazadone, and a high level of gabapentin, my pain management dr. wants me to have the hardware taken out, he seems to think it would relieve a lota paain, I say no and now maybe a spine simulator, and I now have PAD, so I may have to get a stint put in for my L leg and maybe the other. I feel bad for you, but please keep your chin up, you may be one of the very few that end up pain free. Keep us posted, and good luck.

 
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[QUOTE=georgie782;5086953]Hi, I have one thing to say on this subject, SAD. I went thru a 3 level fusion anterior posterior alittle over 3 yrs. And I am a mess. My pain started getting real bad around 3 wks after the surgery. I am living on morphine, amitriptaline, tanzidene, trazadone, and a high level of gabapentin, my pain management dr. wants me to have the hardware taken out, he seems to think it would relieve a lota paain, I say no and now maybe a spine simulator, and I now have PAD, so I may have to get a stint put in for my L leg and maybe the other. I feel bad for you, but please keep your chin up, you may be one of the very few that end up pain free. Keep us posted, and good luck.[/QUOTE]

ah Dear sorry you have to go through what you are going through... I am actually on my 2nd day off morphine today.. I requested something less and now and regretting it... The nurse said the doc will put you on Lortab10 then probably take you down slowly at each refill.. I am just in so much discomfort tonight but then when I hear from people like you I feel like I need to just SUCK IT UP!

GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!

 
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Hi again. I feel so bad for you. Why are they taking you off of your pills.? I went thru workmans cop. and they cut you off real fast, I dont remember alot for the 1rst wk that I came home,And I selpt in a hospital bed for 1 mnth. crazy. I really hope thinks go well for you and if you get takin off all your meds and have the money go to a apain management doc' They cost alot of money for the 1rst visit and then after that they are about the same as seeing your primary doc. I am on ssd and will never get to go to work again and I feel so bad for that part of my life, I worked at alot of alezhimer facilitys, it was so great and I miss all of them . When I talk about it , it makes me cry.Well off I go for now, gotta get ready for sleep. Hope you have a good nite sleep and i truly know sometimes that just is hard to do. Nite Nite

 
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screw it take bad with good i guess.... i'm just like UGH!!!

 
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I still wish you the best,

 
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[QUOTE=Guerrilla;5086999]screw it take bad with good i guess.... i'm just like UGH!!![/QUOTE]

Hi G,
I am home from surgery 5 days ago and i am right with ya! Sometime bad, sometimes horrendous, and others times not as bad. I realized yesterday i was running out of pain meds. Have plenty of muscle relaxers but running really low on pain meds. What were they thinking? sending me home without enough to get through a holiday weekend. So i am attempting to cut back on pain meds but gotta have muscle relaxers. Do you meds help or not?
My siatic pain is 100xs stronger than Pre surgery. I walk constantly, sitting is worst. Leg knee ankle. I supposed it is to be expected muscles and nerves were moved and are traumatized. Night time is worst when i am sleeping and the muscle relaxer runs out. We gotta go through this thinking in 6 mos or more we will be glad we did it....right?

 
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[QUOTE=agwhitten;5087237]Hi G,
I am home from surgery 5 days ago and i am right with ya! Sometime bad, sometimes horrendous, and others times not as bad. I realized yesterday i was running out of pain meds. Have plenty of muscle relaxers but running really low on pain meds. What were they thinking? sending me home without enough to get through a holiday weekend. So i am attempting to cut back on pain meds but gotta have muscle relaxers. Do you meds help or not?
My siatic pain is 100xs stronger than Pre surgery. I walk constantly, sitting is worst. Leg knee ankle. I supposed it is to be expected muscles and nerves were moved and are traumatized. Night time is worst when i am sleeping and the muscle relaxer runs out. We gotta go through this thinking in 6 mos or more we will be glad we did it....right?[/QUOTE]

6 months is right my dear.... but OMG 6 months ugh..... I just took my afternoon meds and I'll feel fine for 2 hours in about 30 minutes but I have to wait -6 before I can even take more.

You're right we have to do this together.. some good some bad.. and I agree my nerve damage seems to have multiplied since surgery... I just hate not having meds that work. A med that works for me is one that I can take every 6 hrs and not need for 6 hrs.

We'll make it eventually but the next 4-8 months will be HELL!!

 
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[QUOTE=Guerrilla;5087238]6 months is right my dear.... but OMG 6 months ugh..... I just took my afternoon meds and I'll feel fine for 2 hours in about 30 minutes but I have to wait -6 before I can even take more.

You're right we have to do this together.. some good some bad.. and I agree my nerve damage seems to have multiplied since surgery... I just hate not having meds that work. A med that works for me is one that I can take every 6 hrs and not need for 6 hrs.

We'll make it eventually but the next 4-8 months will be HELL!![/QUOTE]

I agree totally, i would like to sleep longer than 4 hrs and. Not wake up shaking and in pain from muscle spasms all throughout my hips and back. I will ask about longer lasting meds when i call Dr on Monday or Tuesday. Be well
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I'm just gonna be tough at my next visit (the 19th) I need better spasm drugs and my pain meds cannot be lowered yet.. I also plan on saying look at my background from my demographic forms I filled out with you. I was a youth social worker for 2 years and have a BS in psych.. I know lots of really good friends that work with substance abuse or know others that do. If I start to build an addiction I will deal with it with them, they will be happy to help... As for now please just help me not cry (I do sometimes) due to the pain... That will 1 have him tell me to **** off or 2 tell him sounds great lets build a management plan with addiction not in mind!

Just took my meds and fell good lets see how long it last

 
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