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    Old 03-25-2020, 07:30 AM   #1
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    Pain after spinal fusion

    I had lumbar spinal fusion surgery in early January, so I am about 10 weeks after surgery. The terrible nerve pain I had in my butt and thighs is gone (hooray!), and my incision has healed well, but I have a lot of achiness in my lower back, and it gets worse towards the end of the day. It is hard to find a comfortable position to sleep, and I wake up every hour or so and have to get up and walk around a little, which means I am not getting a good night's rest. Is it normal for my lower back to ache like this 10 weeks after surgery? I am worried that something is wrong, and my surgeon is in a city 7 hours away, so I can't just go see him.

     
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    Old 03-28-2020, 12:11 AM   #2
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    Re: Pain after spinal fusion

    Hello and welcome to the board. Sorry you had to wait for a response!

    How many levels did you have fused and what was your issue? Is this your first spine surgery?

    I will await your reply...but, yes, it is very normal to have all kinds of aches and pains for many months post surgery.

    Everyone is different. Iíve had four lumbar spine surgeries. Sometimes you wake up with pain you never experienced before...because a nerve was stretched during surgery...or something else occurred.

    My advice for you is to learn to live one day at a time. Be patient and try not to worry! It can take a good twelve months to recover from fusion...so just try to relax and keep doing what makes you healthy. Be sure you take many small walks every day to help prevent the formation of scar tissue. Avoid any activity that requires bending and twisting at the waist. Drink lots of water, eat well.

    You are still very early in recovery...so try to learn to be patient, relax and keep taking gentle walks. Also you might want to try the following:

    Lie on your back on the floor with knees bent, feet flat on floor. Place arms close to sides, palms facing up to ceiling. (Be sure your body is aligned.). Relax and breathe deeply so your belly rises and falls...for 2-5 minutes.

    This is a natural form of traction, helps to realign the spine, etc.

    Happy to answer questions....I am fused from L3-S1.....

     
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    Old 03-28-2020, 06:25 AM   #3
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    Thanks so much for your reassuring words. This is my first spine surgery, so I have no idea what is normal and what is a cause for concern. And now, in virtual "house arrest" due to the Corona virus, I have too much time to focus on every ache and pain.

    Patience has never been my strong suit. But your advice is good - patience is necessary for the next few months.

    I can't lie on my back on the floor, because if I did, I could never get up. I live alone and have no one to help me here. Will that exercise work on my bed? That's where I do my physical therapy exercises (leg lifts and knee drops).

    I live in the cold, snowy Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and my house is on a hill, so walking outside is not an option. I do walk around the house a lot. I have a pedometer app on my phone and am logging 1,500 to 2,000 steps a day. Hope that is enough. I am being careful not to bend or twist. I have a "grabber" that I use constantly. And I'm paying someone to change the kitty litter box and take out my trash. I do drink a lot of water and try to eat well.

    Did you experience chills (no fever, just chills) after your lumbar fusions? That is so strange for me - normally, I am warmer than everyone else. I used to keep my house at 63 in the winter. Now I've set the thermostat at 69, and I am still having bouts of chills - not constant, but several times a day.

    If I have any more questions or concerns, I hope we can keep in touch.
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