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Thread: 4 month followup & Big ?s about pain/progress

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    4 month followup & Big ?s about pain/progress

    Hi everyone -
    If anyone here remembers me, I had a minimal invasive fusion on July 7 by a Dr. Durrani. He fused T2 through L1 and achieved an 80% correction. I've grown at least 1.5 ", which is pretty exciting. My back feels pretty great -even though I'm still on percoset (2 5mg - 3xday) & robaxin, but it isn't my back that hurts! It is my rt leg, mostly hip down to knee - my PT says it is my IT band. It has hurt like heck most of the time for almost 3 mos.
    Has ANYONE else had this problem? I see the pain mgmt dr on Thurs, despite my huge fear of opiates &needles&all the scary stories I've heard.
    I spend most of my time in bed, because sitting usually hurts after an hr & we don't have a recliner. What is a typical level of activity at this point? Any advice would be appreciated. I am at my wits end.

    Cyborg2be (actually CyborgNow would be better)


    cyborg2be
    right thoracic curve of 74 degrees
    left lumbar curve of 44

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    You might want to search for posts by LynnetteG. She also battled leg pain after her surgery. I wish you the best of luck in treating your pain! I would think that (without that pain) would you be able to walk 3 miles a day by now, especially with a minimally invasive surgery.

    Good Luck...sending positive thoughts and energy your way.
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

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    cyborg,
    Is it sciatic pain that you are having or muscular? I have had right leg sciatic pain since my revision in March. I just had a steroid injection a week ago for it and I have had significant improvement. I think your activity level should be more than what it is if you are spending most of your time in bed. Does it hurt when you walk? I hope your pain management doctor can help you find the source of your pain...good luck ;-)
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    Hey Cyborg2be. Congrats on a great correction! I had a similiar curve pattern as you & my right hip hurt before surgery due to uneven hips causing athritis in the iliac joint. Maybe pain is being caused due to changes in your hip levels or general balance, hopefully it's temporary until your body adjusts to it's new frame. What has your doctor said? I would think getting some walking in, even with a walker (if the doc oks) is important - even if painful. You've been through too much to be stuck in bed
    Debra
    Age 45
    Pre - surgery Thoracic 69, Lumbar 48
    Post-surgery Thoracic 37, Lumbar 39 (unfused)
    Fused T4-T12
    Milwaukee braced, 11 years old to 15 yo
    Surgery Sept. 1st, 2010 Dr. Boachie

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    Hi, I am 5 mo post tomorrow. I also have r hip/back pain that goes down to my r thigh at times. I believe it is from the weight of the fusion on my lowest disc. I take 1-2 pain pils on days when the pain is severe and none on most days. Usually while I am at work is when I take them. My activity level is much higher though. I have been working for 2 months now which I don't recommend but I am able to do it. I recently started seeing a Chiropracter that specializes in Biophysics?. He uses a instrument to adjust me that taps on the disc. It seems to help a little. I hope your pain gets better. I wonder everyday why I put myself through this and I am doing better so it seems. It is a very slow process! Which I realize now. Good luck.
    Janet
    36 year young cardiac RN
    old curve C 29, T 70, L 50
    new curve C 7, T 23, L 20
    Surgery June 11, UCH, Dr. Cronen T2-L5, posterior
    Revision December 20 L5-S1 with pelvic fixation
    and Osteotomy to L3 at Tampa General Hospital

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    Leg Pain - knee & hip

    Thanks everyone, who has responded! I tried to reply on the weekend, but the system kept telling me I wasn't allowed. The pain is in 2 places - my hip and my knee. It is not sciatic, and i am grateful. Sometimes there is a line of pain that connects the 2. I try being up and about the house, but then the knee hurts. But when I'm in bed too much, my hip hurts! I started seeing a massage therapist last week and she thinks it is an impinged nerve. I see a pain specialist tomorrow...hope to get some answers! My back is just too good to have a leg hold me back now...will update asap.

    cyborg2be
    Marissa


    cyborg2be
    right thoracic curve of 74 degrees
    left lumbar curve of 44

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