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    Old 04-08-2005, 06:24 AM   #1
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    pain while sitting after fusion

    Hi again,

    I am 4 weeks post op lumbar spinal fusion, I still have pain when sitting like over 20 min. Does anyone know when the sitting gets easier?

    Peggy

     
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    Old 04-08-2005, 08:36 AM   #2
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    I'm totally confused.... I was fused from L3-S1 in June and I was 'sitting' from about a week. Because I live alone I went to rehab for a couple of weeks and nobody told me not to, so I was either sitting in a wheelchair or at a computer most of the day. I did have a brace on 24/7. But my surgeon never told me not to sit.
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    Old 04-08-2005, 12:19 PM   #3
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    Peggy,

    I still had great difficulty sitting 4wks post op - actually I went back to work part time at 12 weeks (sitting at a desk) and it was still VERY uncomfortable...after 30 min or so.

    A part of my work release from the surgeon included that I must get up every 30 min for the 1st month back at work. Your at the hardest part of waiting now....you'll get there!!!!

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    Old 04-08-2005, 12:26 PM   #4
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    I have spasms after sitting for about a half hour, though it seems at 5 weeks post-op I am doing slightly better everyday. I still don't ride in the car much, haven't in about 5 days, then if I do it's just to Sonic or something. I am afraid to sit or stand to long yet, don't want to mess this fusion up.

     
    Old 04-08-2005, 10:52 PM   #5
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    I had a hard time after two months! I was still not supposed to sit for more than thirty mins and still had to take pain meds for it. It will get easier, though sometimes I still get sore and I am almost at four months. Your body will let you know when you are ready, AND it will let you know that it is not. Hang in there, if you have to sit, just be sure to get up every thirty mins for about five to ten mins.

     
    Old 04-09-2005, 03:16 PM   #6
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    Thanks so much for the imput, it really helps to know others have similar problems, and that yours is most likely normal for this surgery.

    But, guess what I think I overdid it yesterday(well actually, I know I did), and I am a little worried, I was down to 1 percocet every 4 hours, and now back up to 2 ever since the overdo yesterday, and the 2 doesn't help much, pain is pretty bad.

    Someone please tell me I will be okay in a few days. I absolutely will not do this again, I have kicked myself over and over, as I have been doing very well.

    Peggy

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    Old 04-09-2005, 03:45 PM   #7
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    Terecia, I am 5 weeks out and have over done it several times when I was feeling good. It takes a day or two and I feel better. It's just part of the natural healing process I think, like when you get into shape your muscles hurt awhile. I hurt myself every time I try to go #2, sorry it's graphic I know.

    I beat myself up all the time thinking I am not getting well fast enough, I guess we all do. Hang in there, as long as we don't "really" do something we know is wrong I think it'll be ok.
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    Old 04-10-2005, 05:33 AM   #8
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    Blossom,

    Thank you for telling me you have done it too. I am feeling a little better today, and I surely hope it don't happen again.

    I sometimes end up in some pain with the #2 thing too, I know what you mean.

    You just have to give yourself time to get over this surgery, it is a big surgery, and sometimes I don't think my friends understand why I am not better than I am, I told them they need to educate theirself on fushion surgery.

    So you are 5 weeks, how many levels did you have done? I should know that, but I havn't felt like sitting and reading alot of posts.

    Good luck to you,
    Peggy

     
    Old 04-10-2005, 09:47 AM   #9
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    I had L4-5 done, prior failed laminectomy. Have a herniation T7-8 which is very aggravated compensating with my upper back for my lower. Hurts to breathe sometimes.

     
    Old 04-11-2005, 07:09 AM   #10
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    Hello
    Well I hope you feel better. I am 3 years post fusion, and right after my tailbone would hurt when I would sit like it was bruised. I asked my neuro and my ortho spine doc's and they both said the same thing. They said my tailbone muscle (they called it the coxyis muscle (sorry about the spelling) that is causing the pain. Then after about 6 months it quit hurting but now in the last 1 and half years it ( the pain) has come back with a vengence! I have had two or three rounds of caudal blocks and now they don't help at all. I am waiting to get back in to see my pain management doc to see what we will do next.Well got to go I hope you have a blessed day
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    LAMINECTOMY L5-S1
    DISKTECTOMY L5-S1
    FUSION L5-S1 WITH HARDWARE
    BONE SPURS
    MEGA SCAR TISSUE
    STENOSIS UP TO THORASIC AREA
    SPONDYLIOSIS
    DISK BULGE L4-S1

     
    Old 04-11-2005, 07:45 AM   #11
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    [QUOTE=TINCAN]Hello
    Well I hope you feel better. I am 3 years post fusion, and right after my tailbone would hurt when I would sit like it was bruised. I asked my neuro and my ortho spine doc's and they both said the same thing. They said my tailbone muscle (they called it the coxyis muscle (sorry about the spelling) that is causing the pain. Then after about 6 months it quit hurting but now in the last 1 and half years it ( the pain) has come back with a vengence! I have had two or three rounds of caudal blocks and now they don't help at all. I am waiting to get back in to see my pain management doc to see what we will do next.Well got to go I hope you have a blessed day
    TINCAN
    LAMINECTOMY L5-S1
    DISKTECTOMY L5-S1
    FUSION L5-S1 WITH HARDWARE
    BONE SPURS
    MEGA SCAR TISSUE
    STENOSIS UP TO THORASIC AREA
    SPONDYLIOSIS
    DISK BULGE L4-S1[/QUOTE]Hello Tincan, I had my L4-L5-S1 fused also with hardware, My surgeon said there wasnt anymore he could do, I still have alot of pain in my tailbone , Back, Hip after a year since surgery, Now there isnt a spine specialist who will see me, I live in PA. any suggestions ? Thanks

     
    Old 04-11-2005, 11:41 AM   #12
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    Hello
    Shawley I would try and get a good pain management doc, ask around and find out who is good in your area I personally look for a doc that has a compasionate heart and a good bedside manner and is not afraid to explain things to you after all it is your body and who should know how we feel better than ourselves. Well hope you feel better. Oh by the way I was also told that there was nothing that could be surgically done for me after my 2nd back surgery. So I waited about 5 years until I couldn't stand the pain anymore and went to a new doc. He sent me to a Orth Spine doc and I liked both of them because they were not knife happy. We ( the doc's and I) tried everything to get around another back surgery but I finally gave in because my back had become too unstable. I got more problems but I have rambled on enough. I will check on you later. Hope you have a blessed day!
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    Old 04-11-2005, 01:25 PM   #13
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    Re: pain while sitting after fusion

    Tican,

    I am sorry your sitting pain has come back after all this time, sometimes I read some of the posts, and wonder if the problems ever end.

    By the way Blossom, I thought I was getting better from my over do, which was last Friday, but actually I am still in alot of pain again back on 2 painpills. How long do you guys think I should let this go on before calling my Dr. They told me I couldn't really mess up my fusion. If nothing else, I set myself back. I am just really worried about it. I start PT tomorrow, maybe they cam help. Are you going to fix the T7,8 problem?

    You all take care.

    God Bless
    Peggy

     
    Old 04-11-2005, 02:04 PM   #14
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    Peggy, sorry to hear you are still hurting. I am starting to spasm and not feel good today, have some pain radiating down my right leg. There is a big storm coming hope that's all that it is.

    My doctor said the same thing to me, that I couldn't mess up my fusion, I don't really believe that, I felt it was kind of egotistical of him. Some doctors act like they can do no wrong. Guess I am a skeptic after a failed lami years ago.

    Good you are starting PT tomorrow, tell them your problems and they will be able (hopefully) to access your pain, and will notify your doctor if need be. My theory is, if it hurts too bad, DON't do it!! That includes PT, if you don't feel comfortable with what exercises they want you to do, don't do them.

    The reason I say that is after my first surgery, laminectomy L4-5, the PT had me doing the wrong exercises, which resulted in my disc bulging. I don't want to scare you, but if you feel like it's wrong, then please don't do it. You are in charge of your body, your care, that is first and foremost. ONLY you know what hurts and what doesn't.

    I am not going to have T7-8 fixed, the old procedure mainly used is rib cracking, deflating one lung and moving heart. That just scares me too bad, and they say the rib cracking, etc is harder to heal than the actual surgery. But what scares me is I have that disc laying directly on my spinal cord, and I could easily be paralyzed. I am going to try accupunture and maybe the disc decompression machine if I find that it's safe in the thoracic area. I would rather just wait it out and see what happens. Maybe the disc will just disinegrate over time and the pressure will be relieved off my spinal cord. It's been burning really bad the last week because I am using my upper back so much to support my low back healing.

    The minimally invasive surgery is so new that I am not willing to take a chance on it either. Anyway, hope you feel better tonite, use the heat pad, that helps me alot to relax. I don't bother with ice anymore, just use heat because my muscles are so spasm prone.

    Please let me know what PT/and/or your doctor says. I will be praying for you.

    Love, Blossom *hugs*

     
    Old 04-12-2005, 03:09 AM   #15
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    [QUOTE=blossom64] I am not going to have T7-8 fixed, the old procedure mainly used is rib cracking, deflating one lung and moving heart. But what scares me is I have that disc laying directly on my spinal cord, and I could easily be paralyzed. [/QUOTE]

    Have you had a workup by a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon? Mine is listed under cardio-thoracic surgeons. That disc laying on your spine is dangerous.
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