View Full Version : Question for people fused to sacrum

06-06-2010, 04:08 PM
The last few days it feels like the hardware in my lower lumbar and sacrum is pressing very very hard into my body to the point of feeling very uncomfortable. Has anyone else had this sensation?

06-06-2010, 05:30 PM
Not sure if this is the same, but for the first few weeks, I had a definite feeling of pressure on my lumbar area. I put it down to the nice, new lordosis I was given which was an unexpected cosmetic bonus.

It felt like I was being pushed inwards at first but that feeling has gone away.

06-06-2010, 06:35 PM
Jennifer - I'm nine weeks post op, and I remember my doctor telling me he gave me lordosis also which was a cosmetic perk - sounds like that might be it? Do you think you were nine weeks post op when you felt that?

06-06-2010, 06:50 PM
Hi Lynette,
I remember that feeling. I thought at the time that i may have had some swelling in the area due to A/P, however, at 8 weeks post op it was all gone. Has your new lordosis given you a 'Jennifer Lopez butt'?

06-06-2010, 09:24 PM
Hi Lynette, I would only be guessing at what stage I felt that pressure, I was still on narcotics up to 2.5-3 months and my memory is a bit fuzzy about some things. But I definitely remember the back pressure early on. Sorry I can't be more specific.

06-06-2010, 09:28 PM
A memory just came back to me. I remember saying to my partner, it feels like someone is behind me pulling my shoulders back, with a foot pushing into my lower back. It was uncomfortable at times. It didn't last long.

06-06-2010, 11:10 PM

I had the pressure also. I suspect that it has something to do with the actual fusing process. There is a lot of healing going on right now.

It will pass....

Where do you think you are as far as improvement? Do you think that maybe you have improved 20%?

It took me a few months for the intense surgical pain to subside.

06-07-2010, 09:14 AM
I remember feeling pressure in the lumbar area and also between my shoulder blades. Besides the surgery pain and fusing that was probably happening, I attributed the pressure to newly created lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis. I didn't have either prior to the surgery and to suddenly have a completely different configuration took awhile for me to get used to.

I think either those pressure feelings go away or your brain assimilates these feelings as the 'new normal,' but you do get used to them. My back feels so strong now and although at times I am not without my little aches and muscle cramps and things, I really, really like how stable it feels! :D

06-07-2010, 10:16 AM
Ed - I'm doing a whole lot better. I have little or no pain now thank goodness. Just that really bad pressure in my lumbar. My leg is not 100 percent - but it's a lot better than it was. I walk without limping now - so I'm very happy :). Off the meds just over 2 weeks now, still having hot flashes.

06-07-2010, 12:05 PM
Hi Lynette,
Just wondering what pain meds Dr Cronen perscribed you? Thanks.

06-07-2010, 09:03 PM
I was prescribed Percocet every 4 hours; oxycontin every 12 hours; and Valium once a night. Too much I think - but it was the rehab staff that gave me those when leaving hospital. The staff were fantastic in rehab, the meds just weren't too clearly explained to me - or maybe I was too drugged up to comprehend at the time :)

06-07-2010, 09:13 PM
Yup - I for one can attest to this pain. Everyday seems to be a new pressure - new tugging inwards or some sort. How odd is that? But, I get the pressure in the lumbar area, between the shoulder blades and sometimes my ribs just ache. And, sometimes its firstg thing in the morning. As the day goes on I think I either forget about it or it gets better because it doesn't bother me. I get muscle spasms in the evening sitting here in my chair, but so far not too bad. Mostly because I think I'm tired and ready for beddy time. Nighty night soon.

06-08-2010, 05:26 AM
Thanks Lynette. Dr Cronen gave me a med I am having trouble getting authorized, Nucynta. That is why I was wondering.

06-08-2010, 08:33 PM
Janet - I have never heard of that med! By the way I just told Dr. Cronen how thankful I am to him for changing my life for the better. I'm very excited for you having this wonderful new back to look forward to, and you will be in the best hands with Dr. Cronen.

06-08-2010, 09:12 PM
The last few days it feels like the hardware in my lower lumbar and sacrum is pressing very very hard into my body to the point of feeling very uncomfortable. Has anyone else had this sensation?

I think I know what you are talking about. I am 2 1/2 months out from my revision and I have new lordosis in my back and as I am weaning out of my brace, I am learning how to sit without the support of the brace. There seems to be lots of pressure in the lumbar area and I have had to put a small pillow in that newly created space. Also, when I sit for too long it feels like I am sitting on rocks! Maybe a clue to get up and move????
From what I remember, this will pass......

06-08-2010, 10:01 PM
All great to know! Speaking as someone who NEVER had proper lordosis (and is really looking forward to it). Attended an all-girls boarding school* where among a few "friends" :mad: one nickname was "the assless wonder". :D

*nb more potty mouthed than Marine Boot camp :p

06-08-2010, 10:29 PM
Lordosis Ladies,

I feel somewhat authoritative on this subject. Although no surgery yet for me, I've always had too much lordosis- something that would be taken down a notch if I have surgery. It often feels like I have a clenched fist at the small of my back, but still I would probably miss having my J-Lo butt after surgery. I'm guessing it would feel strange to be tucked under, as my parents urged me to try to be, after all these years.