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    Hi everyone, I haven't been on the forum in...

    Hi everyone,

    I haven't been on the forum in quite some time so it was nice to see an old thread revived.

    I'm 7 years post-op now and deal with daily pain, mainly in my low back and left leg....
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    Hi Hannah, I have a degenerated disc below my...

    Hi Hannah,

    I have a degenerated disc below my fusion, between L2 and L3 (fused T2-L2). I found this out at my yearly check-up with my spine surgeon back in March (from x-rays). I'm 5.5 years...
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    Hi jworth, I had surgery at Lankenau with Dr....

    Hi jworth,

    I had surgery at Lankenau with Dr. Fras 5 years ago. I saw Dr. Albert at Rothman for a second opinion. Feel free to ask me any questions.

    Shell
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    Thanks so much for the responses! Iím sorry it...

    Thanks so much for the responses! Iím sorry it took me so long to write back.

    Heidi Ė I know my surgeon wanted to keep me more flexible. I thought I would eventually have disc problems (maybe...
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    Degenerative Disc 5 Years Post-op

    Hi everyone,

    It's been a long time since I've started a thread. I saw my spine surgeon today for my almost 5-year check-up. I was hoping this would be my last visit to him, but this is not the...
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    I think I can relate. My waist is wider than it...

    I think I can relate. My waist is wider than it was pre-op and my lower back is harder. My family doctor often tells me how I have such strong abdominal muscles. She thinks it's from the surgery -...
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    Hi Kayde, I was extremely warm post-op during...

    Hi Kayde,

    I was extremely warm post-op during my hospital stay. I think I had the temperature in the room around 58! When I got home I was still very warm and kept my house temperature around 65...
  8. Hi Lisa, I saw Dr. Albert for a second opinion...

    Hi Lisa,

    I saw Dr. Albert for a second opinion after Dr. Fras. He was in and out really quick and I didn't feel as comfortable with him as I did with Dr. Fras. My aunt had stenosis surgery with...
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    Hi Carole, The burning and itching is very...

    Hi Carole,

    The burning and itching is very annoying! I've been having this problem again recently and I'm over 3 years post-op. I find that ice, Ben-Gay, and Caladryl Clear lotion works the best...
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    I rode 3 steel roller coasters last summer at...

    I rode 3 steel roller coasters last summer at Hershey Park and it was fine. I wasn't sore the next day. I avoided the wooden coasters because they are extremely bumpy. I was 2 years post-op last...
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    Hi Christina, I was also very nauseous (and...

    Hi Christina,

    I was also very nauseous (and vomiting) for several weeks after my surgery. I found that hard candy, popsicles, saltines, and Pepsi helped the most. They were not the healthiest...
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    Hi Paula, I had 2 spots that also took awhile...

    Hi Paula,

    I had 2 spots that also took awhile to heal. The spot on my lower back split open at about 6 weeks post-op. It was infected but only on the surface, thankfully. My surgeon gave me 2-3...
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    I lost 12 pounds in less than 2 weeks post-op. I...

    I lost 12 pounds in less than 2 weeks post-op. I completely lost my appetite and I was also vomiting a lot once I was home from the hospital (I think that was from taking Miralax). I, unfortunately,...
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    I saw my surgeon today and he said I have...

    I saw my surgeon today and he said I have degeneration of the left facet joint at L3 and L4. He also suspects my pain is coming from my bone graft site. He pressed on it really hard today and I had...
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    Jess - I wonder if it's a disc or if a screw...

    Jess - I wonder if it's a disc or if a screw popped out of place or my rod broke. I'm having a lot of pain around one of my screws (L1 or L2) that radiates out to my ribs. I don't know what's going...
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    Thanks for your kind responses, Ed and Linda! I...

    Thanks for your kind responses, Ed and Linda! I just got back from my appointment and it was good I went. I need to have an MRI and X-rays done in the near future to see what is going on. My surgeon...
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    Swollen lower back and pain

    Hi everyone,

    I've been having leg pain (I'm guessing it's sciatica) for about 6-8 months. It only seems to be an issue when I walk. About once a day I get this jolt up my leg that is so painful...
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    You could try magnesium citrate (maybe that's...

    You could try magnesium citrate (maybe that's what you meant by nitrate), an enema, senna tea, senekot, milk of magnesia, miralax. I had to use magnesium citrate and an enema the day I came home from...
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    I just wanted to say that I passed out and fell...

    I just wanted to say that I passed out and fell twice after my surgery. The first time was 5 days post-op in the hospital (fell in the bathroom by myself and woke up on a bed to Code Blue...
  20. I also had an increased heart rate. Resting was...

    I also had an increased heart rate. Resting was about 120 bpm and when I stood and walked it went up to 150 bpm! A nurse would always come running into my room when I went to use the bathroom because...
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    Hi Chris, I'm fused T1 to L2 and I drove a...

    Hi Chris,

    I'm fused T1 to L2 and I drove a Mazda Protege after my surgery. I did not have a problem getting in and out of my car, except that I was extremely slow at both. :) The main issue was...
  22. This does work very well, but be careful with it....

    This does work very well, but be careful with it. Make sure you take it with a significant amount of food or it can make you sick (throwing up, sweating). This has happened to me several times.
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    Hi Tiffany, When was your surgery? I've heard...

    Hi Tiffany,

    When was your surgery? I've heard people refer to this as "phantom itching." It is from your nerves growing back. It started when I was around 3 months post-op and lasted for a few...
  24. I'm so sorry about all of this. I know how...

    I'm so sorry about all of this. I know how frustrating it can be, but you will find the right surgeon.

    Where are you in PA? Have you seen Dr. Albert at the Rothman Institute? He has a really good...
  25. Hi Jen, I'm glad things are starting to move...

    Hi Jen,

    I'm glad things are starting to move along for you and I hope the pain will subside soon! I can't imagine being in that much pain.

    As for the prednisone, I take a round of it once or...
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