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Lorz
08-03-2011, 09:14 AM
For those of you that have pelvic anchors, did you have pain in those areas immediately after surgery? I have had pain on 1 side, ever since the surgery. I started PT 2 weeks ago, and the pain increased, and now it started on the other side, where previously, I had no pain. Is this all normal and to be expected?

Nitram
08-03-2011, 02:18 PM
Yes, I did....but it's slowly gotten better...I'm at 1 1/2 years and its very minimal any more, hardly think about it...but its taken a LOOONG time to get better.

Nitram


For those of you that have pelvic anchors, did you have pain in those areas immediately after surgery? I have had pain on 1 side, ever since the surgery. I started PT 2 weeks ago, and the pain increased, and now it started on the other side, where previously, I had no pain. Is this all normal and to be expected?

titaniumed
08-03-2011, 06:32 PM
Lori

Mine ached for months...I took many hot baths, 5 per day for 3 months to be exact. I had set a few gas bill records during those days....

Things should settle down in a few months...

You might want to stop the PT and just take it slow......do many short walks without pushing yourself into pain. Recovery is like a see-saw, good days and bad days usually after exerting yourself with a test. The good thing is that as time passes, there are more good days than bad.

Ed

LindaRacine
08-03-2011, 08:25 PM
I do not have pain where my bolt it. A few times, it's gotten a little achy, but it's never been bad enough to even take anything for.

KathK
08-04-2011, 09:47 AM
Hi Lori,

I first noticed pain over my pelvic screws at about 8 weeks post-op. I noticed it, at that time, when I tried to increase my walking distance during a single walk. Later, I noticed aching/pain at the pelvic screw and sacral area when I started PT. I started PT at 6.5 months post-op in a warm water pool. Each time after PT, my sacrum and pelvic screw area would get sore and I would delay having another PT session until they felt better.

For me, itís been a ď2 steps forward, 1 step backĒ process. When I increase my activity level, I notice the screw ache/pain and back off and proceed more slowly. Itís been a little frustrating at times, but my recovery has been smooth in every other way so I canít complain too much.

Those little screwhead spots are so sensitive that I feel them even when the water from the shower hits them. I also notice the sensitivity when I just run my hand lightly over the area.

Iím hoping that like Nitram and TiEd the sensitivity reduces over time. I would agree with TiEd that you might want to hold off on PT for a while. You are still very early in the healing process.

ADMoul
08-04-2011, 11:06 AM
Hi Lori, I have had pain with the anchor on the one side on and off since my surgery. Activity sometimes makes it worse, although it can be achey when I first get up in the morning or if I've been sitting too long. I saw my Dr. this week and we debated doing another injection and then just decided to have it removed. The pain mgmt. doc who did my injection said it seems that one is in a little further and it could just be the way it's positioned that causes the problem. Anyway, although I'm certainly not thrilled with doing another surgery, Dr. Lonner said it should take about an hour and I go home the same day. So it's coming out on Sept. 7. I have a lot of tenderness in that whole area (some of which is muscle/soft tissue) and he didn't guarantee all of that pain would disappear, but based on my symptoms, he thought it was worth doing the screw removal. You're still in early months of recovery and yours may resolve itself without having to do anything else. I think it's a fairly common complaint. Good luck with your healing!

Lorz
08-05-2011, 06:39 AM
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I think I will back off with the PT for now. Anne, good luck with your surgery. As you said, at least it is same day surgery, nothing like the first. Does Dr. Lonner feel your fusion is solid, and the anchor can come out now? It's good to know that is an option. I sure can relate to the one step forward, two steps back feeling.

ADMoul
08-05-2011, 10:37 AM
Dr. Lonner thought things were stable enough to remove the screw. I had CT scan done at about 4 months post op because my hardware was not completed and although I understand it's difficult to truly identify fusion in adults, he thought he saw evidence of that on the CT scan. Things have been pretty stable on all my X rays ever since so removing the screw should not impact fusion.

KathK
08-05-2011, 10:48 AM
Good luck with the surgery, Anne. Please let us know how you do.

JenniferG
08-05-2011, 05:53 PM
Good luck Anne. I hope the removal gives you the relief you deserve and an end to your surgery story.

mabeckoff
08-05-2011, 06:58 PM
Anne, I hope all goes well for you. How much school will you be missing?

Melissa

ADMoul
08-07-2011, 04:50 PM
Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. Should only miss 3 days of school plus a weekend. From what I understand, this is pretty minimal.

Susie*Bee
08-07-2011, 06:47 PM
Wow, Anne, that is amazing. Best wishes for the relief you so much deserve!