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stabbing pain 3 months after surgery

Mayo girlMMayo girl Posts: 3
edited 11/02/2015 - 2:40 AM in Recovering from Surgery
hi all, i am new to this site in fact this is my first post!
i had surgery 11 weeks ago, posterior fusion t7-l4 and xlif l2/l3 and l3/l4. i am 53 years old and have had scoliosis which was getting worse and sciatica in my legs. surgery was nearly 10 hours with 2 surgeons and a 10 day hospital stay.
have been on so many painkillers that they caused terrible constipation and ended up in hospital for 5 days. decided to wean myself off them but the pain was so bad i have had to go back on them but this time with plenty of laxatives!
the pain all the way through was bearable, probably because of the meds and the fact i was so numbed.
my pain has worsened in the last week to extend all over my back and side with knife like pain - with the knife being turned inside!
again i have had to up my medication to cope with this but all they do is dull it slightly.
i also have children and a husband and get so low. sometimes its the guilt of my miserable face that they have to look at and now the tears and yelps of pain that come out of me when the pain is particularly bad
also, up until now sleep was quite easy with the odd sleeping tablet but now i can't even sleep properly because of the pain
i realize it may be muscles or nerves trying to fix themselves but what i would love to know is - is this a stage and how long does it last?
look forward to any replies

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  • lorijo3llorijo3 Posts: 113
    edited 11/03/2015 - 7:22 AM
    Did an event of some sort that may have triggered this pain? Maybe you just overdid one day? I ask because this is what happened to me 5 weeks post op 3 level ACDF. An accidental jolt to my body (explained in another post) sent a shockwave of pain up my arm and into my shoulder and next. I had very little pain after my surgery and these past two days I have been in agony. I did not hurt my surgery area but ally muscles in my neck "ran" to protect the area after the jolt and are now in constant spasm. Sleep is horrendous! I am back on Flexeril but refuse to take the oxycodone. ..can'r stand how I feel on that. My PT is working with me to relax the muscles and get rid of the pain. I also feel bad crying out in pain in front of my hubby ...I should be getting better not worse! I would consult your surgeon if this does not resolve soon, just in case.

    I found that those Fiber Choice chewable were the best for me when I was on the pain meds. And they taste so candy! The stuff the doc suggested did not work and I was also miserable that way.

    Hope you feel better soon.
  • jnolan1594jjnolan1594 Posts: 1
    edited 11/05/2015 - 1:49 AM
    Did your surgeon recommend physical therapy? I had scoliosis surgery in 2009 and found that when I was not active (even 3 weeks) after the surgery my muscles would get extremely sore and tense would cause a great amount of pain. Talk to your doctor or surgeon next visit and see if that is an option. I dealt with my pain by 15 minutes ice and then 30 minutes heating pad. Make sure you are standing and sitting up as straight as possible and always have back support on chairs, etc. If you have to sit on a hard surface use a cushion or something soft for a little extra comfort. Instead of pain meds, ask your doctor about muscle relaxers and a high dose of Ibuprofen or Aleve or something of that nature. But whatever you do, do not just sit in one place, make sure you are up and moving- physical therapy helped me alot!
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