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Apr 10, 2019 2:08 PM

Hello. In the last 9 months, I have had C2-T3 and L3-S1 fused. Ref L3-S1, if anyone else had it, how was your recovery time.

Apr 10, 2019 6:53 PM

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Apr 10, 2019 10:40 PM

Hi I have a rod in my back for a long time now and it’s fused , but now that I’m older it’s giving me a pain on the lower part of my back the L4 , So I know what you are talking about . Good Luck πŸ‘ hug to you πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

Apr 11, 2019 12:14 AM

It was many years ago that I had C3-C7 fused and L1-L5 fused. The cervical took me 6-9 months went well. The Lumbar had to be refused because it failed to fuse the first time. Had the fusion came out of surgery to find out I was pregnant! Lol wore a special brace for 9 months. My son was 9 pounds 8 ounces. Needless to say upon natural delivery he really screwed up my fusion big time and had to have it redone.. took much longer to heal. I have rods and pins in my back and a plate in my neck. I hope your recovery is going well for you. Sending you hugs and get well wishes🌺

Apr 11, 2019 6:55 AM

Hi mike was years ago when I was younger I’m an adult now in my 40 ish years.But I am slowly trying to deal with it . I get pains in my left leg and feet a lot that why I don’t go to many places . I stay around where I live. Now it snowing again not helping o well . I hope thsyour pain is ok πŸ‘Œ praying also πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— later

Apr 11, 2019 1:43 PM

Bll, I've had 4 surgeries between 1992 to 2017, all cervical fusions. I had a plate and 5 screws that had to be removed (took 18 months to recover), but a new plate was put in this last go around. My last two failed to heal (pseudoarthrosis) and the doc now wants to reopen me up to deal with multiple issues from C2-T3 (posterior entrance, cutting through muscles, tendons & ligaments down my spine). He told me for 6 months I won't be allowed to raise my arms above my chest or I'll risk resurgery or permanent damage, and it will take 6-12 of strict recovery protocol. I'm not looking forward to it.

I've not had surgery anywhere lower although I have disc issues at T10-12, L3-4 & L5-S2 and into the coccyx. I have OA and DDD along with stenosis, neuropathies, and facet issues. The doc said I've developed a 30% curvature but he won't address it until it's at least 75%, with rods (breaking my discs apart, realigning and inserting rods). I'm thinking heck no! I've had lots of steroid injx all down my spine.

My first surgery only took 3 miss too heal, my second 18 most (both used my hip bone for fusions in the 90s, and was done from the anterior entrance). The 2016 & 2017 fusions entailed much more complicated procedures, using donor bone tissue, and to date neither has healed. I wish you the best and will pray you have a full recovery as quickly as possible. Hugs love and prayers! πŸ™‚β€πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Apr 18, 2019 6:54 PM

This is a remark to myself so I dont forget . Two levels of pain: C2-T3 (neck low grade headache spiking on either side requiring me to sit/lay down for hours) and L3-S1 (right to left then down left leg). Iliopsoas is the likely culprit; however it has also been 2 months since surgery. Pain meds and muscle relaxants have yet to sync (as in pharmacy inventories, availabilities, etc..). Best recipe yet has been Nucynta 50, Nucynta 200 ER, and flexeril.

Today was extra special. I could barely get out of bed unassisted and walking was like barefoot on glass. Speaking of that, when I massage my trouble leg, it also feels like glass or sand. Very interesting.

The last 2 surgeries were the 8th and 9th. 1-5 were attempts to get it right. The suspicion is 4 let the infection in and it went rampant. 5 was a failed attempt to fix 4. 6 (new and current surgeon; only one who nailed it) was to remove all hardware due to infections. Then 90 days with a PICC. Surgery 7 replaced C2-T3. 8 and 9 were lumbar.

Apr 19, 2019 8:53 PM

Pain management meeting today. I am maxed out on Nucynta dosages (50mg for immediate; 200mg for ER). No problem. Add the Flexeril and I have a 50% solution. The challlenge is as I mentioned above: the upper fusion may be pushing on a nerve, thus 24/7 headache; the lumbar fusion resulted in a torn or strained iliopsoas so the entire left leg burns all the time and I need a cane due to the ne trick knee.
I have a thought about pain medications, and as I know next to absolutely nothing about them, I would appreciate someone keeping me straight. I am wondering if replacing the Nucynta with a Fentanyl patch (or oral?) for a short amount of time (say 1-2 months) then return to Nucynta as/if needed would have a more productive effect. Like most people in this forum, if I could just have a few weeks pain free (breakthrough), that would be a God send.
Not asking anyone to play pharmacist, just looking for some ideas (really need that pain free eek or two). :-).
Thank you.

Apr 19, 2019 9:14 PM

I will say when my wife asked for ideas for my birthday, I asked for a walk-in morphine bath. All tongue in cheek, but wow...wouldn’t THAT be something.

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