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Board: Back Problems 04-19-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By ag993
Re: headaches and dizziness 9 mos. post cervical fusion

Hi Wendy, I too had Acdf C4-5 and then Tlif S1 L-5 a few months later, it went well t first. Surgeon will not manage pain. See an anesthesiologist / pain management Dr.
My neck surgery exacerbated...
Board: Back Problems 12-13-2013, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 776
Posted By ag993
Re: Headaches after ACDF

Yes! I had ACDF in Summer last year, constant muscle spasms continued even with muscle relaxers. Headaches were on the scale of a migraine.
I now receive Botox injections, in my neck muscles, ...
Board: Back Problems 09-17-2013, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By ag993
Re: Head pain, face pain, tinnitus, neck pain... is this a back issue?

I have a condition called Dystonia. The symptoms are very similar. Look it up!
Good luck,
AWhitten
Board: Back Problems 07-28-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,956
Posted By ag993
Re: Need advice on L5-S1 surgery

Hi Jeff,
I had L-5, S1 fusion surgery Nov 2012. TLIF. I have had much help, support and great information from others on this site. Please feel free to click my user name and read past discussion...
Board: Back Problems 07-21-2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 840
Posted By ag993
Re: Horrible Glute/Hip Pain!

Hi SuperMom and All,
I had L-5, S1 TLIF November 2012.
Yes there were many different sciatic pain flare ups. Most episodes resolved themselves after a week or so. Keep walking. Lay down and rest...
Board: Back Problems 05-24-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By ag993
Re: MIS TLIF - 2 Level Fusion

LuBear we are similar souls, I do have some neatness genes myself and yes Yiou will have to let things go a bit. Others will never clean like you do but you have to conserve your energy as much as...
Board: Back Problems 05-23-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ag993
Re: Scared/Stressed out about post-op from fusion

I had TLIF in Nov 2012 and for weeks after surgery had many kinds of sciatic type pains, some very painfully others just constant ache or Charlie horse. I kept thinking this is only TEMP, I can get...
Board: Back Problems 05-23-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By ag993
Re: MIS TLIF - 2 Level Fusion

Hi LuBear,
I am at 6 months post Op TLIF L5, S1, not sure if retractor technique was used, but all I have are two small, 2 inch incision scars right above the dimples on my back.
My pain that I...
Board: Back Problems 02-05-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 950
Posted By ag993
Re: ACDF c6-7 New Symptoms Post Op

Hi Alicia,
I had variety of weird nerve pain after my ACDF ( Aug 2012) very much as you described. Arm weakness, elbow pains, especially at night or upon waking, numbness in my hands. Painful...
Board: Back Problems 01-31-2013, 09:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,081
Posted By ag993
Re: L5/S1 Recovery

Are you taking muscle relaxers? Muscle pain was my biggest issue aside from sciatic pain. Charlie horses in my calves was an every day occurrence.
No I did not have pain in my buttocks after...
Board: Back Problems 01-29-2013, 06:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By ag993
Re: 4 months post cervical laminectomy and fusion C3-T3

Hello Kissesgirl,
Sorry to hear of your issues. I did have numbness and tingling in my arms after cervical fusion surgery and it did subside finally. I hope yours improves soon. What has your Dr...
Board: Back Problems 01-28-2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By ag993
Re: Upcoming TLIF

Welcome DaltonsMom,
I had TLIF November 6 2012,
I am doing very well now, but recovery is heavy duty for that surgery. It wears you out and you need assistance for the first few weeks. No lifting...
Board: Back Problems 01-28-2013, 06:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 663
Posted By ag993
Re: Post op neck issues after Cer. Neck Fusion? Plus fatigue!

I had ANterior Cervical Disectomy and Fusion in Aug 2012, my biggest issue was muscle spasms. Do you thing the long work hours with your neck stretched down is causing you to have spasms? Can you...
Board: Back Problems 01-15-2013, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,081
Posted By ag993
Re: L5/S1 Recovery

Hello Wigado,
At three weeks I was a mess! Watching the clock for meds walking and trying to find a comfortable way to sleep. Had to have raised toilet seat. Grabber stick to pick up items and my...
Board: Back Problems 01-11-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By ag993
Re: PT making me worse post op?

True, I do expect that but not so much, that I am down the next day or unable to sleep from spasms. I think we went too far and now we discussed it and will resume beginner exercises not...
Board: Back Problems 01-11-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By ag993
Wink Re: PT making me worse post op?

Thank you so much for your input. Yes I could use a rearranger. I have tried acupuncture but it only last for the day I had it. So after 6 weeks of weekly treatments I gave up. It's not cheap!
I...
Board: Back Problems 01-10-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By ag993
Re: PT making me worse post op?

So true, useful OT things make us feel back to normal. I am turned of having to ask others to do things for me! Good luck! I have PT today and I am using your suggestions.
Board: Back Problems 01-08-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By ag993
Re: PT making me worse post op?

I am also 3 months Post Op TLIF L5 S 1 and yes PT hurts me too. Those beds are boards with 2 inches of thin foam. They had me doing some kind of leg kick backward while on my knees and it made me get...
Board: Back Problems 01-08-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 358
Posted By ag993
opinions please. 5 months post Op ACDF C4-5

I was happily improving but now I have muscle spasms in my upper back first rib area, per my massage therapist. My arms hurt from shoulder to elbows and my wrist hurt too. the pain is symmetrical....
Board: Back Problems 01-05-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 12,158
Posted By ag993
Re: How to ask Dr. for narcotic pain meds without acetaminophen.

I have found more compassion and pain relief from a pain management Dr then my Neurosurgeon. Neurosurgeons fix the problem then send you away.
I recommend finding a good PM Dr, mine is an...
Board: Back Problems 01-02-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,385
Posted By ag993
Re: Leg Cramps & back issues

I too suffer from cramping too. I was told to eat more bananas, and to stretch more, because of cramps can be from potassium deficiencies. ???
My worst were just before my TLIF L-5 SI surgery. Much...
Board: Arachnoiditis 12-18-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,678
Posted By ag993
Re: lower back pain when sitting

Hello Goblinsly,
when i began taking Cymbalta it took two months for me to get used to it and then feel the effects of it helping my back pain. It did help the pain. I have been following this...
Board: Back Problems 12-10-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,382
Posted By ag993
Re: 7 weeks post op S1-L5 ALIF fusion

Guerrilla,
What everyone wants to know is ...how is your baby girl???? She is in my thoughts still and i hope much improved! You know us grown ups will be fine...
Glad to see you back on here....
Board: Back Problems 12-08-2012, 08:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By ag993
Re: about to go to the ER

Pubbies, i hope you have found relief since your posting last night.
If you think you need the ER, go! Your pain sounds extreme.
I hope you are better today. Please let us know...
Agwhitten
Board: Back Problems 12-08-2012, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,641
Posted By ag993
Re: Recovery from L4/S1 PLIF

Bob, i hope each day bring more pain relef. My post op pain was strong.. And in places i did not have prior to surgery. Muscle spasams were the worst. It was week three and four before i began to...
Board: Back Problems 12-06-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By ag993
Board: Back Problems 12-06-2012, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By ag993
Re: I just lost my surgeon before my post op appt!!!

I agree with teteri66, some thing seems amiss here...keep with the clinic and see what you can find out when you have your next appt. Getting the "owner" might be better...?
I too am in recovery...
Board: Back Problems 12-06-2012, 08:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,107
Posted By ag993
Smile Re: Loathe & despise laying in bed! Anyone else?

Hello Gmak,
I know biotin is a supplement for hair and nails, stress also affects hair and skin.
today was my 4 week post op, It went well. I told them i was vacuuming. They said stop. My husky...
Board: Back Problems 12-02-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,107
Posted By ag993
Re: Loathe & despise laying in bed! Anyone else?

Hi There Gmak!
Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, it worked!! I am doing really well and been up and around and shopping and went to see a parade. I got a pedometer and am walking a least...
Board: Back Problems 11-28-2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By ag993
Re: relationships with significant other

uh, for SURE! Our loved ones try to help and understand, but how can they, if they have never had chronic pain and multiple surgeries. I have been in pain off and on for 5yrs. I just had two major...
Board: Back Problems 11-28-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,107
Posted By ag993
Re: Loathe & despise laying in bed! Anyone else?

No change I am not sure if it is firm or soft. I would guess firm because it holds it shape with little compression so it supports my neck as I need it to. I got it from a mattress store when i...
Board: Back Problems 11-28-2012, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,720
Posted By ag993
Re: Calf Cramps after Discectomy and Partial Laminectomy of L5?

Hello Jeschn,
I had L-5 S1 TLIF surgery 21 days ago and my calf muscles are in constant charlie horse mode. Its sciatica from swelling after surgery is what i was told. A normal phase of recovery....
Board: Back Problems 11-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,107
Posted By ag993
Question Re: Loathe & despise laying in bed! Anyone else?

Gmak,i understand completely. I used to be a person who could sleep hrs and hrs no problem. It is the opposite now. the bed is the enemy. I have invested in a memory foam mattress cover. It made a...
Board: Back Problems 11-25-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,641
Posted By ag993
Smile Re: Recovery from L4/S1 PLIF

Yes! yes, this is true I am either up walking around or lying on the couch with support for my knees ( which are killing me) or sitting in my computer chair for only about 15min at a time.
Sitting...
Board: Back Problems 11-25-2012, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,641
Posted By ag993
Re: Recovery from L4/S1 PLIF

Odsoju,
The raised seat does help. The whole situation of trying to get your behind down low is really hard when your muscles are so traumatized. I am still using mine, anything to assist is a good...
Board: Back Problems 11-24-2012, 11:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,641
Posted By ag993
Re: Recovery from L4/S1 PLIF

Hello and welcome Odsoju,
I had ACDF C 4-5 Aug 04, 2012, it went well but recovery was hard the first month, or two. I am now at 2 weeks 4 days Post Op L-5 S1 TLIF, nov 6, 2012.. Again recovery is...
Board: Back Problems 11-19-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 830
Posted By ag993
Re: The Back and now the Neck...

Hello Workingmom,
I am actually doing pretty well considering all i have been through in such a short time. I was hurting all the time before, so I am having relief from neck issues already....
Board: Back Problems 11-18-2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 830
Posted By ag993
Re: The Back and now the Neck...

[QUOTE=CdnBacon;5090488]Hello everyone, this is my first time posting to HealthBoards.

I came here because I am worried and looking for some advice. I have a followup appointment with a...
Board: Back Problems 11-15-2012, 05:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,262
Posted By ag993
Re: Post ALIF walking and right leg GAVE OUT!

Dear G, i hope your baby is much improved and in recovery.
Please keep us posted. She is in our thoughts!
A
Board: Arachnoiditis 11-15-2012, 05:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,771
Posted By ag993
Wink Re: Severe Leg Pain When Sitting/Standing post fusion

Thank you Gmak,
I know i could have used some valium in the pat week. I am 12 days post op and haveing considerable pain from my TLIF. Running out of meds on the holiday weekend i was released was...
Board: Arachnoiditis 11-13-2012, 06:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,771
Posted By ag993
Re: Severe Leg Pain When Sitting/Standing post fusion

Dear Racer,

I take my muscle relaxer every 7.5-8 hrs. I cannot stand to not take it. I have experiemented with lower pain meds or increasing time in between but the muscle relaxers are necessary? ...
Board: Back Problems 11-12-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,262
Posted By ag993
Wink Re: Post ALIF walking and right leg GAVE OUT!

Dr G I have just gotten on here to read all you have been through recently, I feel for you as i completely understand your pain ups and downs and the emotions that are accompanying them. I am so...
Board: Back Problems 11-11-2012, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 712
Posted By ag993
Thumbs up Re: ugh hurting almost 3 weeks post op ALIF

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...
Board: Back Problems 11-11-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 712
Posted By ag993
Question Re: ugh hurting almost 3 weeks post op ALIF

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...
Board: Arachnoiditis 11-10-2012, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,771
Posted By ag993
Question Re: Severe Leg Pain When Sitting/Standing post fusion

Today is day 4 post Op L5 S1 tLIF surgery. Pain is worse sitting or laying flat. I try to keep painful leg elevated at knee ( with pillows) i have to walk alot to keep it at bay. Supposesd to be...
Board: Arachnoiditis 11-09-2012, 04:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,771
Posted By ag993
Re: Severe Leg Pain When Sitting/Standing post fusion

I am also just a couple of days post op, 3, and i am having worse siatic pain then presurgery. I was told nerves were moved and this was not unusual. I am on muscle relaxer and hdrocodone 10. I think...
Board: Back Problems 11-01-2012, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 880
Posted By ag993
Re: Cervical Spine - Disc Disease - Please Help..

I am in recovery from neck fusion surgery C5-6 and yes i had shoulder arm pain, and pins and needles. I still have some tightness and stiffness.
You need a new Dr asap. I hope you can find a...
Board: Back Problems 10-31-2012, 08:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,598
Posted By ag993
Post Re: almost 1 week post op ALIF

Hello hope today is a better day!
I did not see any response about stairs after lumbar fusion surgery. Any limitations on using stairs? Do you wear a brace?
Board: Back Problems 10-30-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,598
Posted By ag993
Smile Re: almost 1 week post op ALIF

What is the situation with stairs in recovery? my home has lots of them. I am able to live on one level but to leave you must walk down at least 7 stairs.
About the Celebrex, I am lactose...
Board: Back Problems 10-30-2012, 11:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,598
Posted By ag993
Re: almost 1 week post op ALIF

I am in NC. we didnt get much, just wind and rain but my surgeon was unable to return to the USA from European Neurosurgeon conference. Today was supposed to be my surgery day! so now it is next...
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