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Just had a L4, L5, S1 fusion with decompression and spinal alignment on 12/27/11. The following day, I was able to get up and around with expected pain in the surgery sight. Worked with a PT for 'tips and tricks' on how to sit up, roll out of bed, stairs etc. I went home that evening. A couple tricks I've learned. Your 'zero clearance' recliner or couch is NOT your friend. The seat and back are not hinged together, and actually pull away from each other as you recline... Not a good thing. Post surgery, I had a general numbness across the tops of both thighs, and down my legs. Typical L5 nerve bundle area.

I continued my PT as prescribed. Pain was manageable in the 2-3 range. The first night sleeping on a firm bed was a bit tough. Woke up at a 4-5 but got that back under control. Thighs still numb, which my Dr thought should have cleared up. As I got up to do my PT, I started feeling a sharp burning pain in my hip socket. I found it was positional. Hurt most when I stood or sat. By 11:00am that day (29th) the numbness in my thighs had started to dissipate, but the hip pain continued to get worse. Even laying flat, if I moved my legs, the hip sockets would give me a shooting pain. Sleeping that night was almost impossible.

Morning of the 30th, I attempted to get up and walk to the bathroom. My whole body began shaking, and I could not support any weight. I tried sitting on the toilet, but the pain still was shooting... I woke up my wife who brought a kitchen chair and drug me back to the bedroom. I should clarify, that pre surgery, I did have issues with numbness in my left leg, but NEVER had this burning/shooter pain in my hips.

Calls to my surgeon after being transported back to the hospital revealed that sometimes nerves get 'angry'. (that was a big help) The ER staff was lost on this shooting pain. They'd ask my pain level. Well for crying out loud. While laying flat on a bed, my surgery sight was where it should be 2ish. My hips were fine as long as I was supporting no weight. But when I stood, I'd give it 8-9ish. I needed to use the toilet, so they brought me a walker and pointed me down the hall. Half way there, the shooters started. I made it to the toilet, and upon sitting was in a solid 7-8. I could not stand, or move. I pulled the little cord asking for help. Nobody came. I tried to stand using the walker, and ended up collapsing over the walker. This actually felt better supporting my body weight under my arm pits. Until this guy finally showed up. His first action was to grab my underarm and pull me up. Screaming is not generally a good thing for a full grown man, nor the tears running down my face. JUST HAD BACK SURGERY YOU *&$%**# :mad:

Long story short, I got admitted for 4 days of 'pain management'. Neuronton seems to be the ticket to bring down some hip pain. However, most important was a trick my new PT lady gave me.... She described a 'triangle' of muscle we have. We don't use two of them often, but they are related to your core strength. I didn't know men had a Kegel muscle, but we do. And the belly button is the third part of the triangle. Suck in the belly button, suck up the Kegel, and amazingly, the hip sockets sort of lined up, and my posture was much better... So I tell myself, 'Suck in and up' as I stand or walk. Strong doses of Neuronton, and good 'core' position have made this manageable. My surgeon still has not given me a reason that this new pain started, other than we 'angered' it...

Anybody else had this?:confused:

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