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Re: Very low back pain

Re: Very low back pain

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Posted by Diana on November 09, 2000 at 18:48:27:

In Reply to: Re: Very low back pain posted by Lisa on November 09, 2000 at 13:51:55:

: : : Hi All

: : : I had anterior/posterior fusion of spine L2-S1 with instrumentation & cages about 7 years ago. I've been fairly pain free since. Last May 9th I woke up in incredible pain below where I had my surgery. I had an arthritis panel done which showed normal, I tried PT which didn't help, I tried cortisone shots in the S-I joints thinking that might be the problem, but they didn't help, the last doctor I went to just said it was mechanical pain & it would just go away as suddenly as it came. Its been 6 months and I'm still waiting. I've tried a regiment of drugs which provide little to no relief. Has anyone else experienced pain in this area or does anyone have a clue as to what it might be?

: :
: : Lisa,

: : I also had Anterior/Posterior surgery and have instrumentation. Could it be broken instrumentation? I had a second surgery due to a broken screw. It took 7 months. The red flags were there. I was in excrutiating pain and then they finally realized that I really did have a broken screw? Check into it! Have you had any tests done? Keep us posted. Good Luck!

: Hi

: Thanks for writing back. I have had x-rays and a myelogram and they both came back showing that everything looks just the way its supposed to be.

: I just got off the phone with the doctor's office asking for something to take after the Vioxx wears off in the afternoon and he said that he wouldn't give me anything else. They have no clue what its like to be in pain 24/7.

: I had been seeing another doctor but he was really scaring me. He thought that my hardware could be causing the problem and that it should come out. So one doctor wants surgery and the other says it will just go away. Neither one can tell me what's wrong for sure. I really hate doctors. Sorry for ranting.


Hi. Me again. Maybe you should get another opinion. I went to so many Doctors until they figured out what was wrong before my 1st surgery. I also went to 2 before my second repair surgery and was told I was fine. Nope, that wasn't true. I don't have much faith myself anymore.

Stick to your guns. Don't back down. You know your body. I insisted to my Doctor 7 months before my repair that I knew something was wrong. He handed my a box of tissues and said have a good cry, your healing fine. Oh yeah, broken screws are normal, right? You see what I'm saying. lol

Ask to have a CT done and an EMG to see if there is any nerve root irritation? I think we all have aches and pains, but you know when you need pain meds to make it through the day, something is wrong!

Stay strong and hope I helped ya. Sorry you have to go through this. Been there!

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