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Pain and disappointment.

MariacruzadoMMariacruzado Posts: 7
edited 09/18/2015 - 2:08 AM in Recovering from Surgery
hi everyone i'm new here i'm 5 months post op, l4/5 inter body fusion , cage bone graft screws. i have constant pain in my legs in my back , i can't feel the hard ware. i can't bend or pick anything. up more the. 3 kilos and only for short time. i'm always tired restricted and can only walk 10 to 15 minuets some days.
i'm on lyric endep. codein muscle relaxers, etc, the whole idea of surgery was to get of drugs and get stronger, i'm worse the before the surgery., now the doctor says it takes 2 years to get better, x-ray done at 5 months showed no fusion..

it's depressing. life i do t know if i. going to get much better, i now rely on help from others to do,things that a normal person can do ,, showering dressing and sleeping is a nightmare.. can't seat for more the 20 minuets before i feel pressure. is any one out there going through the same thing i.m new here.. maria.

fusion 3 months and after

recovery from back surgery

chronic pain and depression



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  • I more or less have the same set of issues. I'm 9 months post op. I can't say about the fusion I haven't had another x ray yet, I had a ct scan at three months out but what that may have reveled to the dr. He wouldn't bother to tell me. When I try to tell him about the pain he acts like he doesn't believe me. Then he took me off pain meds, sent me to pt to help with the pain and is now telling me that the only way to fix my problem is to go back and do (finish) the surgery that 9 months ago wasn't worth the risk. All of this after telling me it would take 3-6 months to completely heal but most people are at 90% after only a few weeks.
    I'm on the road to finding a new dr and getting a second opinion, I suggest you do the same. And tell the new dr EVERYTHING that your current dr has told you. Write down everything you can remember and start keeping a journal it helps. A simple daily symptom tracker wouldn't hurt either, I know they have free apps for android devices and apple does as well. Take it with you and use it to help the dr understand what's going on with you. If you don't have something small and mobile already an iPod 1 will do the trick, you can pick up an old one on eBay for under 20 and have it by tomorrow.
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