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  • Hope you can get your pain under control very soon and that you will then have a smoother ride.

    Take care,
    rest and heal
  • jasoncamaro69jjasoncamaro69 Posts: 83
    edited 03/09/2013 - 8:58 AM
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  • You most certainly can. I'm quite sure you will feel the Axial bolt for a long time. Get used to it. I feel it 3 months out. When I talked to Julie she said she still felt it. She has no pedicle screws. We do. I can feel muscle issues back there where they touch the screw heads or rods.

    I see my surgeon this coming Monday for 3 month checkup and xrays. I am going to talk to him about this hardware issue. It hurts.
  • I'm glad to hear that everything went well with your surgery and that you are back home.

    The first 2 weeks are the worst. I also was not able to sleep well because of the pain, and the meds made me feel very nauseaous and could not eat well either. But at the beginning of the 3rd week I began to feel better and I was able to stop the pain meds after the 3rd week.

    As far as the screws, yeah, you can feel them, and I still do 10 weeks after surgery. The reason for that is because with Axialif the screws are the only thing holding your spine together and preventing the disc spaces from collapsing. Unlike other fusion methods, where a solid piece of bone is inserted into the disc spaces providing you with extra support, the morselized bone that you have into the dics spaces is not solid yet, and this puts extra stress to the screws and to the vertebras as well. As the morselized bone starts to harden, you will start feeling less pressure, pain, and discomfort.

    Just as Z06, I also feel muscle pain back there where they touch the screw heads or rods. According to my doctor, this is totally normal and after fusion takes place, he is going to send me to physical therapy so that my back muscles become used to the hardware and start gaining more strength.

    Well, I really hope you start feeling better pretty soon, and keep posting your progress.

  • jasoncamaro69jjasoncamaro69 Posts: 83
    edited 03/09/2013 - 8:58 AM
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  • I'm on my 2nd fusion (L2-S1) and I just wanted to say that it does get better. However, If you feel you are in really bad pain don't be afraid to call your Dr. Hang in there, hopefully better days are coming, Lisa
  • good news,Jason! and it does get better--keep us up on your progress
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,741
    I'm glad to her you've got past youre first week as that is the hardest. It will s-l-o-w-y- get better.
    Good luck,Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Glad the first week is past. Hardest for me as well. But my friend still made me get up and walk walk rest rest walk walk, kill kill!! That was a beast but it's the best way to get blood pumping. Stay on top on the meds too, makes the walking more pleasant #o

  • Jason,

    Congratulations on surviving the first week!
    As everyone here says, each week should show improvement now.
    Hope that things keep moving forward in your recovery and that each day will see you more comfortable.

    Take care and keep healing.
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