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Spinal fusion of 5 vertebrae, did MRI, sac of fluid near instrumentation, on pain medication, muscle relaxers, steroids, cannot walk

I had a spinal fusion of 5 vertebrae last September. I was an am still in debilitating pain. I had an MRI in February which indicated a 3 inch sac of fluid lying near the instrumentation. It is NOT shrinking and the doctors just keep putting me on pain medication, muscle relaxers and nasty steroid shots in my back. My surgeon tells me to get out and walk, but I CAN T. The pain shoots down both hips all the way to the bottom of my feet. Should I get another opinion or is this something that will shrink in time. It s been 8 months since the surgery and I am in 100% more pain than I was before I went to get the surgery. Any advice would be appreciated. I WAS a K-3 music teacher and have been forced to long term disability! Can t hardly do The Hokey Pokey with my kindergarten kids! I am 59 years old with arthritis and still have some discs that are buldging and deteriorating! Wish I d never done this!
Asked On : Mon, 14 May 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand Surgery 's  Response
welcome to hcm forum

as per your history i did not get the reason why had you underwent spinal fusion at five level.i would adviced you that you meet an orthopaedician who is doing the spine surgery or spine surgeon and get to known why do you have the pain still. by this time the pain should come down. if it is not coming down i would like you to meet the spine surgeon or orthopaedician who deals with spine exclusively who can examine you and ask for necessary investigation and come to conclusion why do you have the pain and treat accordingly. itis no use you keep having pain awith medication

wish you early recovery
Answered: Thu, 24 May 2012
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