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TwinmomTN
07-30-2012, 10:29 AM
Hi everyone,

I am currently 14 weeks post op but I haven't posted here much since my 6 week post op mark because i've been fighting chronic severe nerve pain. I have a few questions I thought someone here might be able to answer:

1. Is it possible to have a bulging disc at L-4 L-5 area AFTER spinal fusion surgery? The report from my CT myelogram states mild left lateral bulge L-4 L-5 present but hard to see due to artifact present. At 3 months post-op obviously the spine is not fused yet, but would it be possible to have a bulging disc when BMP and other matter was used to enhance a T-3 to sacrum fusion??? I am currently around 14 weeks post-op and have had significant left leg/hip pain since 7 weeks post-op.

2. I Have had an unsuccessful piriformus injection and will be evaluated for other epidural injections or spinal stimulator soon. Has anyone had a spinal cord stimulator and is that even an option post spinal fusion?

Any knowledgeable feedback would be appreciated. Didn't mean to have the smiley face on heading but didn't see how to edit it out. Obviously I am not in a "smiley face" mood these days!!!

Thanks so much,
Pam

titaniumed
07-30-2012, 09:44 PM
Pam

Sigh....Your pain could be caused by many things.....Scar tissue is one of them....Discectomy might seem like they remove the whole disc,but its far from the truth, even with an anterior they can leave material. Operating around the cord is delicate......

Are you having your CT’s and injections done locally in Nashville? and what kind of feedback are you getting from St Louis?

We totally understand that you are not smiling right now. Hang in there and lets hope that what needs to heal, heals. Have you tried hot water immersion? I found it was the only way I could get a break from the pain in my recovery.

Ed

LindaRacine
07-30-2012, 11:20 PM
Hi everyone,

I am currently 14 weeks post op but I haven't posted here much since my 6 week post op mark because i've been fighting chronic severe nerve pain. I have a few questions I thought someone here might be able to answer:

1. Is it possible to have a bulging disc at L-4 L-5 area AFTER spinal fusion surgery? The report from my CT myelogram states mild left lateral bulge L-4 L-5 present but hard to see due to artifact present. At 3 months post-op obviously the spine is not fused yet, but would it be possible to have a bulging disc when BMP and other matter was used to enhance a T-3 to sacrum fusion??? I am currently around 14 weeks post-op and have had significant left leg/hip pain since 7 weeks post-op.

2. I Have had an unsuccessful piriformus injection and will be evaluated for other epidural injections or spinal stimulator soon. Has anyone had a spinal cord stimulator and is that even an option post spinal fusion?

Any knowledgeable feedback would be appreciated. Didn't mean to have the smiley face on heading but didn't see how to edit it out. Obviously I am not in a "smiley face" mood these days!!!

Thanks so much,
Pam
Pam...

Did you have any interbody fusion at that level? If so, you cannot have a bulging disc, but you could have something like BMP, or even a interbody device (e.g. cage), intruding into the canal.

--Linda

TwinmomTN
07-31-2012, 12:19 PM
Linda...I have no idea what type of fusion was done at that level. My CT myelogram is being sent to St. Louis so hopefully I will get some sort of feedback from the surgeon. It sounds like I could be in MAJOR trouble here.

Ed...I am having my injections and CT done locally here in Nashville. I have tried heat therapy along with everything else under the sun and nothing seems to help this pain except lying down. It's really tough to hang in there when I have no diagnosis and therefore no idea how long I am stuck with this horrendous pain. The radiologist could find no cause for the pain as a result of the CT But thanks for the kind words! You are always there with encouraging words for us non-veterans.

titaniumed
07-31-2012, 09:00 PM
Pam

Since you have relief lying down, its weight related. Make sure you relay this important fact to the doctors at be. This does sound like good news...

Many of us get relief while laying down including myself in my recovery. Nerves can be real buggers when it comes to healing and when inflamed seem to be on just like a light switch. On or off. Max pain or no pain.

When I had my mysterious “soft tissue injury” it was a 9-10 level pain around my L3 for 14 days, then suddenly it went away just like turning off that light switch. This was at 23 months post. I went to visit my surgeon, was going up the elevator and realized that the pain was gone. He asked me what was wrong. I laughed and said “Oh nothing”.

I wouldn’t lose hope....Lets hope your light switch turns off soon. Lets hope its this simple.

I am friends with Dr L. Babat’s father. He is a local scoli surgeon in Nashville....

Ed

Confusedmom
08-06-2012, 06:39 PM
Pam,

I have seen a number of people post that they had spinal cord stimulators. But I thought they were to help with fusion, rather than pain. Not sure, tho. Naptown78 is one. If you PM her, I'm sure she'll tell you about it.

How are you feeling this week? Any feedback from St. Louis?

Evelyn

leahdragonfly
08-07-2012, 08:26 AM
Hi,

The spinal cord stimulator that was mentioned above is for control of chronic pain, and is an implanted device. It is entirely different from a spinal fusion/bone growth stimulator, which helps signal the body to fuse an area. It is worn externally.

I was given a spinal fusion (bone growth) stimulator to wear 24/7 after my broken rod revision surgery, and I will have to wear it for one year total.

Hope this clears up any confusion.

Irina
08-07-2012, 10:52 AM
Hi,

The spinal cord stimulator that was mentioned above is for control of chronic pain, and is an implanted device. It is entirely different from a spinal fusion/bone growth stimulator, which helps signal the body to fuse an area. It is worn externally.

I was given a spinal fusion (bone growth) stimulator to wear 24/7 after my broken rod revision surgery, and I will have to wear it for one year total.

Hope this clears up any confusion.

Hi Gayle,

How are you feeling half-a-year out of your revision surgery? Do you have a lot of restrictions?