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    There are quite a few of us on here that are fused all the way to the sacrum. You should really wait and talk to your doctor about it. It does take some range of motion away. I am one year out...
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    My surgery date was Sept 5th 2013, I feel...

    My surgery date was Sept 5th 2013, I feel exactly the same as you. Although I also have a severe pain issue going on which is in the process of being investigated. Possible SI Joint problem.
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    Hi Jess and Sparky, Thanks for the reply. I...

    Hi Jess and Sparky,

    Thanks for the reply. I have had an injection in the si joint. It did help but only for a day. How long do your injections usually last?

    Thanks
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    I have had complete hardware removal. I spent 2...

    I have had complete hardware removal. I spent 2 days in the hospital and was back to work within 2 weeks.
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    Need be, I can get up without pulling or holding...

    Need be, I can get up without pulling or holding on someone. Once you are able to get on your feet you can pull up yourself. I agree, it's not the most comfortable thing to do but it can be done. ...
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    I am able to sit on the floor. I have difficulty...

    I am able to sit on the floor. I have difficulty getting back up. I need to hold onto something or someone to get back up. Since I have lost drastic range of motion, I lost whatever the motion was...
  7. Hi Linda, I am going on one year post op now...

    Hi Linda,

    I am going on one year post op now and still in horrible left sided pain. My doctor is a four hour drive away. He sent me to his pain management partner who did si joint injection that...
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    I am also fused to the sacrum. I am only 10...

    I am also fused to the sacrum. I am only 10 months out from surgery and could do all the things you listed fairly soon after surgery. None of the things you listed were even on my restriction list...
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    I have had a long history of spinal surgeries. I...

    I have had a long history of spinal surgeries. I started with Harrington Rods in 1976, which were removed in 1994 due to a condition called Flatback. Then I had new segmented instrumentation put in...
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    Susan, Are your symptoms the same as mine? I...

    Susan, Are your symptoms the same as mine? I have a deep pain in my illiac bone. It hurts to the touch. I also have a deep pain in my thigh bone, especially when sitting or standing. When I sit...
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    Linda, they did a steroid injection to the si...

    Linda, they did a steroid injection to the si joint in May. It gave me a few days of relief. They did a Radio Frequency ablation in June to the lumbar spine which gave me no relief. He pushed on...
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    Linda, I'm hoping you answer this question. I...

    Linda, I'm hoping you answer this question. I went back to pain management which was a 4 hour drive this morning. He said after all his injections, he believes my pain is now coming from my si...
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    Wow Susan, Our surgery dates are not too far from...

    Wow Susan, Our surgery dates are not too far from each other. I am going back to pain management Tuesday and telling them I will stay on meds till my one year visit.. I go back in Sept for the one...
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    10 months post op and still have left sided...

    10 months post op and still have left sided screw, lower back and leg pain. I also hope that it will go away as time goes on, but part of me just knows there is something wrong. RFA did not...
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    how can they tell if there is a problem with the...

    how can they tell if there is a problem with the screw? Also if it is a problem with the si joint, what do they do for that after instrumentation has been in place?
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    Thanks Jess and Sparky, I wish they could find...

    Thanks Jess and Sparky,

    I wish they could find the right spot to inject on me. I feel like the whole RFA was a waist of time and money. I can not do much of anything for any length of time...
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    Thanks Susan, I am also going to start taking...

    Thanks Susan, I am also going to start taking Lyrica in about a week. My 5 year old granddaughter is staying with me so I need to wait until she leaves to start it. I have heard it can cause...
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    I am two weeks out from having the RFA Radio...

    I am two weeks out from having the RFA Radio Frequency Ablation to my lumbar nerves. I may have a very very slight amount of improvement. I am still taking pain meds. I have also been prescribed...
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    I had Radio Frequency Ablation on Wednesday. I...

    I had Radio Frequency Ablation on Wednesday. I am still in the same amount of pain. I was given Lyrica and Pain meds. I was told it can take several weeks to see the benefits of the procedure.
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    My surgeon mentioned it is very common to have...

    My surgeon mentioned it is very common to have that screw removed. I go back for my one year post op in September. I will ask more about it then. I am hoping for good results this week. I will...
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    Susan, I have a tightness in my sacrum. Yes...

    Susan, I have a tightness in my sacrum. Yes feels like a board is attached to me in my lower spine. I thought this was a normal feeling due to being fused and the instrumentation is along that area...
  22. Thanks, I'm going to just keep taking it easy...

    Thanks, I'm going to just keep taking it easy until I go back in September. I don't feel like I could bend yet. I only have the Hardware from L2 to S1 and pelvic screws. I am fused above but no...
  23. A couple of you have mentioned bending. I keep...

    A couple of you have mentioned bending. I keep forgetting to ask my doctor if I can bend yet. Just curious when you were able to bend? Don't worry, I'm not going to try it with this mess going on...
  24. My doctor did tell me although he suspects...

    My doctor did tell me although he suspects something, he has to show it on a ct scan, ex-ray or bone scan to get me back to the operating room. He says the operating room is his best way to check,...
  25. Constant Left sided pain! How do they confirm a fusion??

    Hi, As most of you know, I have had constant left sided pain since my sept 5th surgery. Ct scans do not show any reason for the pain. My doctor is 4 hours driving distance away, so we do most of...
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