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fused 4 levels and I'm worse off now - any suggestions?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:41 pm
by MikeL
I have experienced low back pain for about 4 years now and just sort of lived with it until about a year ago it became so intense and debilitating that I had to stop working and was immediately scheduled for surgery. They fused 4 levels (L3,L4,L5,S1) and it has been 9 months now since the surgery -- my back hurts more than ever and I'm on heavy Narcotic painkillers just to barely function - on top of this, the surgery stress sparked off diabetes to make things worse. Don't get me wrong - I've always been a very happy guy with a smile for everyone, but it's getting much more difficult. Any suggestions ??

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You poor thing ... :(

PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 3:19 am
by PeteD
Hello there

You poor thing..........

What led to the surgery did you have big extrusions from those 4 discs?

Well lets look forward not backward. We need you to find a specialist who can determine why you are in so much pain. Remember often things that are the most painful are quiet trivial! If possible isd stay away from further surgery. Perhaps look to talk to other specialists even inthe UK. One of the world leading ones is the royal orthapedic hospital in Birmingham UK.

Providing the fusions are safe gentle stretching can only help really

Let me know how you get on


PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:25 pm
by Bill
Hi Mike,

Boy, I wish I had some good advice I could give you. I really feel for your predicament. I know it's a small consolation, but your post serves as a good example of why to not have surgery. And so you've helped a lot of other people you'll never meet just by sharing your experience.

So, I think I can speak for the group when I say thanks.

Usually when someone new posts to the group, I try to encourage them to try rebuilding their back, however, having your four lower vertebrae fused would severely limit you in doing any of the exercises in Dean's book.

You could try. And it would be interesting to hear back from you on any results you were able to obtain. But since the exercises require the movement of your spine, I doubt that they would do you much good.

Off the top of my head, I would suggest that you try other exercises such as walking or water aerobics... anything to get moving... and see if that didn't help.

Wish I could be more help,

A little more possitive please!!!!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:48 am
by PeteD
On a more positive note!!!

One of my work mates hads two fusions and had quiet a bit of trouble to start with but they have calmed down. He learnt what he could do and what he couldnt!!!

In fact there was a program on the tv here (UK) where a guy had his whole spine fused and lived to tell the tail!!! So dont get yourself written off just yet!!!

First port of call would be to find a physio who specializes in the McKenzie technique.

Let me know how you get on