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    Pregnant a year after full fusion

    So here I am a little over a year after my second fusion and I find out Iím pregnant. I was supposed to have a colonoscopy when all of the sudden both a urine and blood test confirm pregnancy. There...
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    I live in eastern WA. I have been referred to a...

    I live in eastern WA. I have been referred to a clinic in Yakima WA. Do pain management doctors simply prescribe pain medication? Would they likely keep me on the meds I am already on?
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    Pain Management Specialist???

    Hi all, my PCP is referring me to a pain management specialist for pain management. I was doing well for the first year after healing with pain management when I had it and then no pain for quite a...
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    Another MRI of my neck shows nerve entrapment at...

    Another MRI of my neck shows nerve entrapment at C5-C7 and crumbling discs. My surgeon was saying I could do disc replacements without fusion but the disc replacements only last 5-10 years. At that...
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    The shooting leg pains start about mid day and...

    The shooting leg pains start about mid day and last the rest of the day until I take something. I tried bumping up my gabapentin to see if that would help but all it did was make me foggy in the head...
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    1 Year Post-Op

    Yesterday I celebrated being 1 year post-op! This past year, through my second fusion surgery of my life, I learned so much about myself; my strength, my resolve, my grit, my determination. I am so...
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    I see Dr. Janmeet Sahota with Tricity Orthopedics...

    I see Dr. Janmeet Sahota with Tricity Orthopedics in Richland WA.

    I can get on the floor and play with my kids again, I can sit cross legged on the floor, with my legs out in front of me or...
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    Hi Ed, no spine pain and I’m 6 months out! My SI...

    Hi Ed, no spine pain and I’m 6 months out! My SI joints get a little pinchy at the end of the day if I have done too much that day but other than that I can’t complain. It definitely beats the...
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    Pregnancy effects on a recent fusion?

    Hi all! I am now 6 months post op T10-S2 fusion with 3 disc replacements (L3/4 L4/5 L5/S1). My original fusion was 18 years ago T2-T12. Before this most recent fusion, despite a progressive curve in...
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    I started experiencing knee pain in my right knee...

    I started experiencing knee pain in my right knee about 3-4 months after my most recent fusion (T10-S2) and I am now T2-S2. I would get a lot of pain with my knee in a 45degree angle especially while...
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    Ed, when you ask how I feel percentage wise, what...

    Ed, when you ask how I feel percentage wise, what do you mean? In terms of feeling normal? Fully recovered? Etc?

    Appointment went well today. All hardware is strong and stable and nothing has...
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    Thatís awesome! Sorry it has taken me so long to...

    Thatís awesome! Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you; I still donít know how to get alerts sent directly to me. Life is going well! Now that Iím 2 months out I feel much less strapped to...
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    Getting down on the floor is easy for me, I know...

    Getting down on the floor is easy for me, I know I shouldnít be right now but with a stubborn 14 month old who isnít crawling or walking itís hard not to give in and play with her. Itís easy for me...
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    I am the farm manager and I set my own hours. I...

    I am the farm manager and I set my own hours. I checked wi Th my boss, the farm owner, who is also my father in law and he said to take as much time as I need. Starting next week, adding one hour...
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    Tina, I don’t feel pain in my back no matter how...

    Tina, I don’t feel pain in my back no matter how I carry something whether it is at my sides or at chest level, and I am thankful for that. A full milk jug weighs about 8 pounds. I am no back to work...
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    I wouldnít say I feel an increase in pain when I...

    I wouldnít say I feel an increase in pain when I lift but more so tightness in my low lower back and pelvis. I am technically still in the no BLT zone of recovery so I donít lift much. My carrying...
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    Everything of what you quoted and said in your...

    Everything of what you quoted and said in your reply makes sense to me. All the more reason to put them far, FAR behind me. My goal is to be off the dilauded completely by the September 1st at the...
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    Hi Ed, things are still going well! As far as...

    Hi Ed, things are still going well!

    As far as meds...I attempted going from 10mg of flexiril 3x per day to 2x per day and the nerve pain was RAGING! So I said, ďyou know, itís not addictive and...
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    I had another appointment today, this time to get...

    I had another appointment today, this time to get the last of my stitches out; what better way to celebrate 1 month into post-op life than being bandage free!?!?!

    We did some more films and...
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    I donít feel that my balance has suffered or been...

    I donít feel that my balance has suffered or been depleted. I guess by robotic I could also say ďdis-jointedĒ or not as fluid as before surgery. I donít know if itís me being too analytical too soon...
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    The tightness is starting to dissipate. I think...

    The tightness is starting to dissipate. I think itís just the fact that there has been a MAJOR overhaul of a lot of bones including my pelvis and everything is still settling out into its new...
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    Another observation...

    As I am starting to trust my body and do more things I notice a very localized tightness at each SI fixation location. Has anyone else experienced this and if so did it ever go away? Itís not painful...
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    BMP was used. I remember my surgeon mentioning it...

    BMP was used. I remember my surgeon mentioning it specifically. Thank you for bringing my attention to the markers. That will be helpful in navigating x rays when they are taken. Definitely taking it...
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    Alright everyone, first post-op appointment today...

    Alright everyone, first post-op appointment today went well. Started by taking out 75 staples combined between 4 incisions. I still have sutures in until next week on my posterior incision just to...
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    My first post op appointment is this Friday, in 2...

    My first post op appointment is this Friday, in 2 days, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for good news. One question though, when sitting upright or slightly reclined in a recliner, my upper back...
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