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    confusion after surgery anyone?

    OK - this may sound weird...but I am having a really hard time maintaining focus on very simple things around the house (thank goodness I'm not working right now). I'm 3 months post-op and don't understand all my confusion. Has anyone else experienced this?

    Always Smilin'
    Colleen

    1982 fused T2-L1
    pre op 45 - post op 33 (left thoracic)
    pre op 53 - post op 18 (right thoracic)

    recheck 2006
    right thoracic 57
    lower lumbar 34

    surgical revision April 28,2009
    revision T3-L1; new fusion L1-L4
    unsure of degrees at this point

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    Hi...

    What drugs are you on? That seems the most likely cause.

    --Linda

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    That would be my question as well.

    When I was still on painkillers, all the bills from the surgery were flooding in and I needed to deal with them, the hospital fund and Medicare, and I found it all extremely confusing. Reading anything and holding it in was a problem. But it all came good in time.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    I had this problem too. My unscientific explanation is that a long surgery -- physical trauma, anesthesia, and narcotics -- zaps a few brain cells. It took me quite a while to feel sharp again, and I still notice that my short-term memory isn't quite what it used to be. Of course, it could just be part of the aging process too....
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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    Its the main reason I quit cold turkey. I wouldn't recommend quitting that way, but I was fed up with it. It took a while each time I was bombed for my surgeries.

    The anesthesia takes a long time to filter out also. That's about 40 drugs, all at once............

    Now,that's something to think about. LOL

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

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    Hi Always,
    I was going to ask the same thing about , what meds are you taking. I noticed in another thread that you mentioned you were taking gabapentin. When I took that, I had the same problem. Also, if you are taking any narcotics in any amount of frequency that will happen.
    I was taking soooo many medications after surgery, pain meds, muscle relaxers, gabapentin, they even put me on valium which knocked me on my butt. I had to stop taking some over the weeks and months, because of interactions with each other causing sleepiness, memory problems, loss of concentration etc. It is amazing what medication can cause, so really my point is, look at your medications and look up side effects online.
    Good Luck!!
    Kristy
    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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    Wink Thanks everyone for responding!!!!!

    Thank goodness I posted this! Kristy, your post sounds JUST LIKE ME - I hate to say it but I'm thankful for that! I really thought I was losing my mind and my hubby was afraid he'd never get the real me back!

    Now I have a great new added side effect of nausea...isn't that just wonderful! ...as the doc added a thyroid medication (for low thyroid problems...sorry the words aren't coming to me right now). I tell you...this cycle never seems to end! I'm on pretty high dose of gabapentin ...increased because of pain...1200 2xs daily (I was 3 times daily but kicked it down to 2xs this week)...and tramadol 50-100 every 6 hours as needed (I've tried to be very minimal with that).

    Ed- I'd almost prefer the 40 at once instead of this hanging on stuff. I can't even handle what I'm on...no wonder I was in ICU for 5 days...the 40 probably did my system completely in (hehe).

    Always Smilin'
    Colleen

    1982 fused T2-L1
    pre op 45 - post op 33 (left thoracic)
    pre op 53 - post op 18 (right thoracic)

    recheck 2006
    right thoracic 57
    lower lumbar 34

    surgical revision April 28,2009
    revision T3-L1; new fusion L1-L4
    unsure of degrees at this point

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    Hi Always...

    I suspect it's the gabapentin. I could barely function on even a minimal dose. My understanding is that most people get used to the side effects of gabapentin, but not everyone.

    Regards,
    Linda

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    confusion

    can anyone tell me if gabapentin is like/the same as neurontin?

    thanx
    jess

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    Yes-- it's the generic for Neurontin. I did fine with it -- or at least I thought I did!
    66 and still heartbroken...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
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    Hi Colleen,
    I felt that i had some confusion after the surgery. I was on Endone, Panadol or Panadeine Forte and Endep (3 days only). On day six post-op (sat), I thought it was Thursday and wondered where the other days went. However, when I got home, as I wasn't in a lot of pain, just discomfort, I decided to quit my pain meds on day 15 post-op. My daughter kept telling me that i was having conversation re-runs!
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    Thanks everyone...I'l tell my hubby I'm not TOTALLY crazy (he he) and there MAY be hope I wonder if there's anything I could take in place of Gabapentin? My surgeon said I could stay on it for a few more months but I don't know. I don't even trust myself driving too much. I had a few close calls and I think it's because I'm not thinking right. Thanks for the posts!

    Always Smilin'
    Colleen

    1982 fused T2-L1
    pre op 45 - post op 33 (left thoracic)
    pre op 53 - post op 18 (right thoracic)

    recheck 2006
    right thoracic 57
    lower lumbar 34

    surgical revision April 28,2009
    revision T3-L1; new fusion L1-L4
    unsure of degrees at this point

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    confusion and focus

    The only medication I take is tramidol but have had a hard time focusing and concentrating for several years. It started when I was diagnosed with flatback syndrome and spinal stenosis. I believe it is caused by depression associated with the chronic pain and fatigue resulting from my condition

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    hmmmm...hadn't thought of the depression route...never experienced depression in a big sense until this surgery...hmmmm.

    Always Smilin'
    Colleen

    1982 fused T2-L1
    pre op 45 - post op 33 (left thoracic)
    pre op 53 - post op 18 (right thoracic)

    recheck 2006
    right thoracic 57
    lower lumbar 34

    surgical revision April 28,2009
    revision T3-L1; new fusion L1-L4
    unsure of degrees at this point

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    I have a high pain med tolerance and tramadol made me very very confused. I took it for a few days and had to quit.

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