10 Level Fusion 3 years ago, Chronic Pain

HerminatorSAHHerminatorSA Posts: 17
edited 10/01/2019 - 4:03 AM in Scoliosis

Hi Everyone

My post with my story is here

I just had to come somewhere to vent, so its almost 3 years and I have pain everyday,

I have done physio,bio-kinetics,aqua-therapy and nothing has helped for the pain.

I take 4 tramacet(Tramadol/Paracetamol) everyday, but they have lost there evectiveness long ago,

so I am now addicted to them and they dont help anymore

Now and Then when It gets bad I go to my GP and he gives me a cortisone injection and books me

of work for 2 days

Life is good other than that, I just wish for a pain free day sometimes.





  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 845

    Hi Herman!  I'm sorry you have so much pain still.  Does the cortisone help?  I'm almost 3 years as well, and yes, i have chronic pain too.  I manage most days with a heating pad, ice and tylenol.  but do still need some painkillers now and then.  I guess I'm lucky as I haven't had any problems with addiction and can put them down with no problem.  I do have constant problems with muscle spasms and rib pain-which is honestly driving me insane some days.  I keep going back to PT, off and on, and if i don't swim pretty much every day i get worse.  Walking still seems to be difficult!  I would have thought 3 years down the road that this would be some ways it is-and in some ways it isn't. 

    Has your doctor suggested anything else?  I often wonder about getting radioablation for the nerves that are causing my rib pain....but i don't know if they can even do radioablation once there's hardware in there.  My followup is not until february next year, so i may be calling to get back earlier....

    yeah, i wish pain free too.  for everyone!  i also remember how bad i was before surgery, so this seems to be an improvement for me still....but it does wear thin being in pain every day.  especially when the pain treatments only knock it back a notch or two and there's never a moment without something hurting.  hang in there.....hopefully your doctor can suggest something else that can help! 

  • chonnacchonna JoplinPosts: 24

    I'm 3 yrs out from a 7 level  fusion and I totally understand.  I don't mean to sound ungrateful, the surgery helped a lot,  but it is so exhausting to hurt all day every single day.  I will soon be 70: I have good days when I can push thru and get things done.  I work full time as a receptionist and I do very well, but when I get off work it's pretty much straight home to the heating pad.  I take Gabbapentin and Metaxalone and Meloxicam for pain and it doesn't sound like I will ever get off them.  I had steroid injections this past week and I think it helped some but now that it's getting colder I feel more pain.  And to make it worse  my supervisor thinks I'm "milking" it. She and HR have decided I have had time to recover by now.  My surgeon hoped for 70% improvement,  he didn't expect to make me "well".   Oh I wish there was a way to transfer my pain to them just long enough for them to understand.  

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