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  • Shellmanly
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    I was involved in a camping accident in 2006 & ended up having my a 3 level lumbar fusion done posterior & anterior. In 2012 I has a 2 level cervical fusion done anterior. That fusion continued to give me extreme pain for 5 years until a different surgeon did a new MRI & CAT scan. He found all of the screws & rods just laying every which way in there, very close to my spinal cord! He had to repair it by doing the 4 level fusion fro C3 – C7 through the front & back. It hurts me every single day. My surgeon can’t do anymore there.
    But I started a new job at a furniture store couple of months ago & it’s a 10,000 sq. Ft. Showroom. My middle & low back are giving me severe pain. Three years ago the surgeon who did my back said he could repair the top of the old lumbar fusion if I wanted, but it wasn’t so bad until now. Yesterday I saw him & he said that the MRI shows a very diseased spine fro my neck to my back & now refuses to repair the top of the old lumbar fusion. He suggests ablations from my neck to my low back. He also said that working at the furniture store is the best thing I can do!! He said that at nearly 57 that in a couple of years it should resolve itself!!! My question is how do I work for the next several years in severe pain until some chemical reaction may take place in the next few years? I’ve tried ablations before & they didn’t work!!! I’m so frustrated & worried about how I can continue to live like this!!!! I already see a pain doc for meds, injections & physical therapy for my neck!!! Any suggestions?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I’m unclear why you had the original cervical fusion and why you had the revision but I suspect it was for progressive deformity and pseudoarthrosis. Having a 4 level cervical fusion should preclude you from heavy work so your surgeon’s suggestion that “working at the furniture store is the best thing I can do” is not good advice. Add to that a 3 level lumbar fusion and you should be on light work.

    Find a knowledgable spine physician who can direct you properly as you are probably overloading your spine currently.

    Dr. Corenman

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