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Hi L5S1, :wave:

Good question, that was the very first thing that popped out of my mouth.

I was told that the swelling is what is causing the muscles to rub on the screws. There is just not any extra room in that part of my back. Once the swelling subsides, they feel like it will give the muscle more room to move freely, and it "should" stop the spasms as well.
It's very weird, but I don't even feel the spasms [img][/img] Maybe because I keep at the same pain level, I just don't notice them [img][/img]
I don't have the usual spasm feel, he says that is because of the swelling surrounding the muscle, and I'm not getting the same sensation as I would have pre-op.

The swelling is very prominent, it is very tender to touch that whole area (it runs across the whole top of the butt area, or should I say low back area.
Some days, it seems to ball up in the middle, like I have a softball below the skin.
I used to refer to it as my camel hump.

I still don't understand why they just can't drain the whole damn thing with a needle (I'm game for that).
They tell me it has to happen naturally.

If I didn't have a history of swelling problems, I'd be breaking some doctors door down until they helped me.

I had three knee surgeries within a seven month period (same knee)(long story, I never followed the docs orders and returned to work after 1-2 weeks, instead of staying off of it for six weeks, each time)
All three times, I had to have the knee drained several times, it just keep filling back up with swelling.
What baffles me now, is this is the very first time I followed their orders to a "T", and I still have problems !!

Maybe when I get 7 months post-op like you were, they will be more apt to do something for me then.
I do hate the thought of still dealing with this at seven months !!

On one hand, I want it removed today, then on the other hand, seeing how I have a history of swelling, something is telling me to hold off for now. Maybe they are right, unfortunately, I will just have to deal in the meantime.

The whole damn thing just drives me nuts [img][/img]

Physically I feel the same today, but mentally I'm doing so much better, the support and encouragement you all have given me, is the one thing that keeps me together.

I'm so grateful to all of you, and hope that each and every one of you also finds total pain relief :angel:

I think then, we all should have one serious party [img][/img]

Please get well soon, and have a super day

Take Care,
Baxter [img][/img]

Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.

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