View Full Version : lingering discomfort 6 months out...

01-05-2015, 05:26 PM
I'm curious/concerned: I'm 6 months post T4-S1 with pelvic fixation, anterior and posterior access. I can walk miles... climb stairs... exercise aggressively and regularly (generally paying attention to advised weight lifting/carrying prescriptions)... and am seeing increased flexibility as a result, presumably, of regular pelvic:femur stretching exercises... , BUT I am still experiencing discomfort/aching with occurrences of relatively sharp local back pains. What is your experience with respect to this "discomfort" disappearing? The reason I am concerned is that I cannot help but wonder if such discomfort is indicative of localized non-union.

01-07-2015, 05:53 AM
One thing I've learned is that we all recover differently. I hope some of those who had discomfort/pain for some months will come on and tell of their experiences. But if I was really concerned, I think I'd be asking for a ct to rule out non-union. Wishing you the best. Hoping it's just a matter of time. 6 months is still very early.

01-07-2015, 10:22 PM

It's really too early to worry about anything. It could be lack of fusion, infection, or any number of other things. Fusion really can't be assessed until 12 months postop. Even if you're not fused now, you certainly could be at 12 months. Because of the high dosage of radiation, I wouldn't push too hard at this point for a CT. If you still have the pain at a year, then a CT will probably make sense.

Hang in there and try not to worry. The good news is that, if you have to have more surgery to fix a problem, it will almost certainly be considerably easier.


01-09-2015, 10:24 AM
hi mkatz
is discomfort after exercise...?
it just sounds like "aggressive exercise" is alot at 6 months...
so am just wondering if there is any relation between discomfort
and days/times/amount of exercise you are doing.

feel better....
jess...& Sparky