Doc says its the nerves and it will get better. Have took steroids for inflammation. Any one else having this problem and what can I do about it?Back Pain
After back surgery have severe pain in my shoulders and upper back, anyone else have this problem?
Question posted by tabadkins on 16 Oct 2012
Last updated on 6 May 2013 by sallman
I had lumbar fusion surgery in 2001,,so 12 years ago. I was opened up in the abdominal area in front, then turned onto my back to finish up the surgery, they shaved bone off one hip, and was in surgery approximately 8-9 hours. I woke up with the most horrific pain in my right shoulder. It still gives me trouble, sometimes are worse than others, like right now I am miserable. I asked the doctor and nurses if something had happened during my surgery like if I was dropped or could they had me layed in a weird position or something and of course they said no. I am going to an orthopedic to get its looked at to see what's going on. If it was just a side effect of medication or something simple it shouldn't still be hurting like this. So I will repost info when I have more
Hello tabadkins and welcome to DC. You didn't mention what type of surgery you underwent. I can tell you after I had lumbar spinal fusion back in 2004. It totally made things worse. I had nerve damage as a result of the surgery but the surgery was called a success. The reason for back pain following the surgery i complex. It is partly due to the anesthesia... and it depends how long the surgery was, too. Remember you are in an awkward position for several hours. And, it does get better. It can take up to 2 years to fully recover from the surgery depending on how involved it was.
In the meantime, if you are in physical therapy ask lots of questions and make sure you do everything they recommend. The cold gel packs work wonders and so does the heat. When you are able to get into a warm pool... check out if you are able to do aquatherapy. Hanging in a pool decompresses the spine and water walking is easy on the joints.
I also have the implant... it doesn't kill the pain but it sure makes sleeping a whole lot better. In that regard, I have received 100% benefit from it. I do sleep on my back and that had been a problem for me for eons. Not any more. It is too soon for you to be able to have that if your back surgery is recent. You will need to completely heal from that to see if you have any nerve damage or radiating pain into your limbs.
I wish you well and I hope you have a full, speedy recovery that is uneventful.
Ive had 2 back surgeries. My 1st didnt do so good i was in so much pain. My 2nd helped alot. What did u have done. I had a spinal lumbar fusion & 2wks later i had my 2nd they put rod & pins in my back & fixed my nerve problem
Yes, I have that problem also, and it stinks!! I had an SNS implanted in my spine, and because of the incision, I have now suffered from nerve pain because of the scar tissue. There are several things that you can try. One is massage therapy. They have a nerve release procedure that they can do, but you have to commit to massage therapy twice a week for a while. Unfortunately, I can't afford to do that as most people. (i'm one of the 47%, ha, ha), so I have to use lidoderm patches over the areas of my back where I am having the problems. They didn't work at first, but now they work very well. There are also medications such as gabapentin, which helps with nerve pain. I hope that you feel better soon, as I totally understand what you are going through!!
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