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Thread: 10 months post-op and feel exhausted

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010

    10 months post-op and feel exhausted

    Hi all, I had T10 to L3 fusion on 12/21/10 with Dr. Lonner and recovered well with gastro and stomach issues being my biggest complaint, now after 10 months I feel completely physically exhausted and like my entire body aches. It is so weird b/c I actually felt much better months ago, exercising daily and doing everything I did before surgery. I am 42 and have 3 young boys, 3,5 and 7, years old, so I am always exhausted but this is much more, like I can not drag myself out of bed. Anyone experience this before? Wondering if it is surgery related?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    British Columbia
    One of the things that causes extreme fatigue is depression/anxiety. I am on Cipralex (antidepressant) and even sometimes especially when it's gloomy out which is a lot around here, I feel exhausted and can barely accomplish anything around the house and I feel so overwhelmed. Not saying it's the cause of your exhaustion but it is something to consider. Three little boys alone can make anyone feel really really tired, lol.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Sacramento, CA area
    Hi Katie,

    I know that we go through a lot of ups and downs with our recovery, but maybe you should see your primary care physician and get a regular check-up, have your blood checked, etc. Are you eating ok? Maybe it's anemia or something else very treatable? Hope you get back some of your energy soon!
    Age 57
    Posterior fusion w/thoracoplasty T2-L3 Oct 1, 2010
    Thoracic curve corrected from 61* to 16*
    Lumbar curve, unknown measurement
    Disfiguring back hump GONE!!
    Dr Munish Gupta
    UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    New Bern, NC
    Katie, Definitely see your primary care Doctor ASAP. It took me two years to get my stamina back, but it was a gradual uphill climb. Yes there were ups and downs along the way, but nothing like you are describing. Let us know how it goes.
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F.

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

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