In October I had fusion surgery with bone graft and instrumentation in entire thoracic spine and one vertebra in the lumbar spine with 21 screws and 2 rods to support it. I had considerable pain from my scoliosis and arthritis in my spine before surgery, and also after. I still have arthritis in the unoperated on portions of the spine and they are considering doing an MRI on my cervical part of the spine because they think that it is taking too much stress from the fusion. I can barely move my neck to drive and check blind spots (I probably shouldnt be driving anyway) I am permanently sitting up straight and cannot bend over to touch my toes anymore, and have severe pain wether it is standing, sitting, walking, etc. I am on one pain reliever and two muscle relaxers but still have a considerable amount of pain. From where i had the scoliosis one leg is longer than the other so now that my spine is straight I have a hard time walking one foot drags a little bit and I seem a little bit clumsy or unbalanced. I have also been in two major car accidents that I was taken to the hospital that could have had an effect on this as well. I was wondering if this was usual to have more pain post op for what they were trying to fix than before or am I jumping the gun and not giving it enough time. I have had some problems with my doctors office prescribing pain medication past the point of three months, they say that I should start feeling better by now but I am not so I have been referred to pain management. I tried to ask this question on the back pain group but got angry comments about how I am selfish and only asking questions about myself and not listening to anyones comments and reading them thouroughly before I respond. I have come here to see if anyone has any suggestions or comments on what has helped them with pain...I am beginning physical therapy next week and use the heat and ice method in addition to walking, which is difficult. I am scared that I will fall and no one will be there to help me but I do it anyway. Sorry so long winded, hoefully someone can help and hopefully I have came to the right place. Also, is depression normal to go along with chronic pain? Thanks in advvance for any comments.
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