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SE Sis
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   Posted 3/2/2012 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   

I haven't been on here for a long time but lately I've been suffering from an issue and my doctor could not tell me what the issue is.

 

Sometimes when I bend wrong I will get the extremely painful shock in my lower back. It's only for less than a second...and then 24 hours later I can hardly walk because if all the swelling. I've had back surgery and this has plaqued me since then.  I think I'm hitting my spinal cord and then the swelling begins...it takes months to get over it. It does a lot of damage. My surgeon could not tell me what that electron shock was. Has anyone out there had the same thing?  It's just a split second of terrible pain and then it's gone....but the next day all the damage will show up and will last for weeks or even months....ugh..  It's been doing this for 2 years. I'd say I've had about 10 of them since then.


SE Sis
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S1, L4-5, L3-4 Fusions, Rods & Screws inserted, bone chipped out for room for nerves. (May 10, 2010)
Right Hip Surgery to fix damage from Physical Therapy for my back. (2006)
Anxiety/Panic Attacks (started 2005)

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   Posted 3/3/2012 2:19 AM (GMT 0)   
Man I hate to hear of you experiencing this.  I had this very type of pain down my right leg and lower right back right before I had my back surgery.  I had to walk very gingerly from the pain anyway, but every so often that "electric shock" experience would overtake me and I felt like going through the roof.  I did not have swelling the next day, as you describe, but I know it had indicated that my back situation had to be addressed with surgery.  I just couldn't take the pain any more.
 
Well, I really haven't shed any light on your situation, but know that you are in my prayers tonight.  I feel for you, my friend.
 
God bless you.
 
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   Posted 3/2/2012 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SE Sis, when was the last time you had an MRI done on your lower back? It sure sounds like you are pinching a nerve when you bend over, or something, I might suggest that you see a neurologist, and maybe even seeing a "different" neurosurgeon than the one who did the surgery on you. I think it is definitely something you should have thoroughly checked out. I am a bit curious about what you  mean when you said ("It's just a split second of terrible pain and then it's gone....but the next day all the damage will show up and will last for weeks or even months....")
 What damage are you referring to? and you mentioned swelling? what swelling are you having after this happens? Anyway this sure does not sound right and it is definitely something you should continue to pursue to get this resolved. 
 
 I know that every since my first disk fusion in my neck at C6/7 in 1985, I have had an abnormal gag reflex, over the years it has definitely gotten worse, and when I do certain movements it sets it off, and the gagging and wretching is so intense that I get electric shocks and needle sticks from shoulder to shoulder front and back and it hurts like the dickens. This has happened to me in physical therapy  and also respiratory rehab, even right after an epidural steroid injection at the base of my skull, so it has been observed by medical personnel including my pain management doctor, but I have had no explanation for it or any relief either. I was told in 2009 when I had another ACDF at C5/6 that I had nerve damage in my neck and my right vocal cords was paralyzed, from my first fusion done in 1985. I think I can relate a little as to what your going through, and I know it isn't pleasant.
 
I do wish you well, and hope you can find some answers
 
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Post Edited (White Beard) : 3/2/2012 6:22:12 PM (GMT-7)


fireflyhillary
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   Posted 3/2/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I get back electric shock feelings as well, but have been told they are muscle spasms. I've had pretty severe ones ever since having radio frequency done in November- was put on a muscle relaxer for right after the procedure, but my Dr has kept me on it since I continue to have them. I get them really bad when I am showering and washing my lower back- it feels like fireworks are going off in my back. I do not get swelling from them though and my situation doesn't seem near as severe as yours does and I wish I could tell you something that would help. I do hope that you get some answers and relief soon!
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t6t7c
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   Posted 3/2/2012 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I really hate to here of your pain, especially the shocking feeling you are describing. That does not sound like the sciatic nerve pain most people feel, the "mild shocking pain" that goes down the hip or buttocks and then the thy area, even causing numbness occasionally. I am afraid the pain you describe comes from pressure being put on the spinal cord itself, either from mis-alignment of the vertebrae or maybe your past surgery.
I agree with WhiteBeard on this and encourage you to see a neurosurgeon as soon as possible. I would also insist on a cat-scan, as it it provides the only 3-dimensional image of the spinal cord itself.

Good luck, hang in there and keep us posted, because we CARE!


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SE Sis
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   Posted 3/3/2012 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an MRI a month ago. Surgeon said everything looks good. He didn't want to hear about my issue. He just said it all looked good.
 
The electric shock or maybe I'd say a knife stick in the middle of my lower back will take place for just a second. Then no more pain, but the next day becuase of the shock, there is swelling going on deep inside next to the spine and surgery location and that causes me to not be able to hardly walk. I'm so stiff and my legs are like noodles and very weak.  I have lots of trouble with weak legs. I told my surgeon that, but still, he said, everything looks good. I have been so frustrated. It takes weeks or months for me to be able to walk and feel like normal again.  All because of the swelling. I told the doctor I respond really well to steroid treatment because that helps the swelling.  But I can't get the shots because of my rods, so the put me on a pac. This time the doctor said he try me on a long term steroid like 6- 8 months to try to settle down the swelling. But when I asked him what the electric shock was and what was it hitting to cause my legs to go like noodles, he could not give me an answer.....that's what I meant by all that. : )
SE Sis
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S1, L4-5, L3-4 Fusions, Rods & Screws inserted, bone chipped out for room for nerves. (May 10, 2010)
Right Hip Surgery to fix damage from Physical Therapy for my back. (2006)
Anxiety/Panic Attacks (started 2005)

White Beard
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   Posted 3/3/2012 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
SE Sis I think I would be looking at seeing another doctor for a second opinion. Maybe even going to someplace like Mayo Clinic or something. It sure sounds like something is hitting a nerve root or something that is causing the pain and then the swelling. It would not surprise me if maybe when your bending or what ever motion it is that causes the discomfort is maybe the nerve being hit or iritated by a screw or pin or something. Sometimes surgeons are a little touchy about patients having problems after they have been operated on by them. I would seek a second opinion something surely can not be right......Good luck to you!
 
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/3/2012 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
That does sound to be nerve related. I don't have the stabbing pain that you have but I have alot of arthritis in my vertebre & facet joints. My pain issues seem to be swelling & muscle spasms but mine are constant and never go away. If a nerve is being irritated at the time you are feeling the shock it could very well cause the symptoms you are experiencing. My symptoms go all across my lower back and especially in my right side.

If you aren't seeing a pain management doctor I would consider checking into one. Not sure why the doctor said you couldn't have injections with the metal. I have metal and am able to get injections. Normally they will work to find the nerve that is causing the problems with diagnostic injections first. I would try to avoid taking steroids long term. Even 6-8 months on them could cause some side effects you wouldn't want. Do some research before starting them.

Hope you can find some relief!
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SE Sis
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   Posted 3/3/2012 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all. My doctor has a wonderful reputaiton on our town. They say he's the best in the U.S. I did have a caudle (sp?) steroid shot about a year ago. That's where they shoot you in the tail bone area and shoot the steroid up as hard as they can so it will reach where my surgery was. I SCREAMED BIG TIME when they did that (and I've had tons of shots in my back), I didn't have much results from that shot because I don't think it got up to my surgery area...and I told my husband I would NEVER get that shot again. So you think I CAN get a steroid shot right at my surgery site? Because if I can, that probably will do the trick for me. It was a pain management doctor that told me he couldn't shoot me where they surgery was because of the rods so he did the caudle. I either need to find another pain management doctor to do the shot in the correct site or find another surgeron to discuss my issues.
SE Sis
___________
S1, L4-5, L3-4 Fusions, Rods & Screws inserted, bone chipped out for room for nerves. (May 10, 2010)
Right Hip Surgery to fix damage from Physical Therapy for my back. (2006)
Anxiety/Panic Attacks (started 2005)

SE Sis
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   Posted 3/3/2012 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
PS. FireflyHillary, I have back spasms everyday unless I take 1/2 flexiril every morning. So there is a big difference between my spasms and the electrick shock I experience. In my heart of hearts I think I'm either hitting a nerve or my spinal cord (if that's possible) because of the severe damage it causes for just a split second hit.
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SE Sis
___________
S1, L4-5, L3-4 Fusions, Rods & Screws inserted, bone chipped out for room for nerves. (May 10, 2010)
Right Hip Surgery to fix damage from Physical Therapy for my back. (2006)
Anxiety/Panic Attacks (started 2005)

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 3/4/2012 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
SE Sis - I'm sorry that you're having this pain. It certainly does sound like a nerve being hit. I've not had it go on in my spine, but I had to have a PICC line put into my arm last year and while injecting local anaesthetic to put it in, the doctor hit the nerves in my arm with his needle. It's like a momentary 'lightning bolt' explosion of pain and it's horrid.

I hope that you can get some answers very soon.

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Darnme2000
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   Posted 3/7/2012 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
SE-Sis, I have to agree with the others on getting a second opinion. I have L4-L5 issues and get a burning type pain that radiates out from the spine continuously. Has went on since before and after surgery. It makes sense that a nerve pinch could possibly be causing your problem. I definitely get someone else's thoughts if it were me. Hope you get to feeling better soon and Good Luck.
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/7/2012 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree also that is sounds like nerve pain...

Sorry to hear you are having this issue...Are you on any nerve pain medication like Neurontin, Lyrica, or Cymbalta? (sorry if I missed this)..

I used Cymbalta for a few years when I had bad nerve pain before and after my 2nd fusion...I am very blessed that the 3rd surgery has gotten rid of it 99% of the time as I get twinges or moments of when it strikes suddenly...

Hopefully you can get a Dr. to easily diagnose this and offer some relief...It's actually pretty strange that your surgeon says he doesn't know what it could be...But there are those surgeons out there that think, "I fixed you...you should have no more issues"...

Keep us posted...
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ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
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kap1418
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   Posted 7/25/2012 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I am new to this forum.  about four years ago, at 46, I had my first incident with what felt like a severe electric shock in my lower back.  For about five weeks after my mobility was limited due to my back being "locked up."  I began having these incidents every few weeks, sparked by bending over, twisting, or lifting.  Previously, I had maintained a good exercise regimen, especially lots of stretching, which I felt necessary as I was getting older.  Two years ago I discovered that my mother was diagnosed with low calcium levels.  As I was about to sign up with a new doctor and get a complete physical, I had this checked, as well.  It turned out I had an almost zero calcium level, even though I had lots of dairy in my diet.  The doctor told me what I was experiencing was back spasms.  He sent me to a neurologist.  She ran tests, took x-rays, but gave me no diagnosis.  She only said I "likely" had some arthritis and "possibly" disc degeneration.  Very vague.  Since, I continue to do everything to avoid having to bend (not easy as I am a teacher and have to work with students at their desks) or lift.  Exercise is limited and since foot surgery I have not been able to walk, causing me to put on about 15 pounds over the last year.  This is not helping the back.  It is frustrating living each day just trying to prevent that electric shock.  If anyone manages to come up with a good diagnosis from their doctor, please post so I can take something to my next doctor. 
Thanks.

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   Posted 7/25/2012 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Kap!

Would you mind if I ask you to post a new introduction on a separate thread…as you will receive more attention this way. The members would love to meet you, and it is more likely they will see you better that way. You just happened to reply on a post that was actually started by my sister, and she no longer post here on the forums.

Take care, and we hope to see you there.

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   Posted 7/25/2012 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I'm new at this, but I have also been experiencing an electric shock feeling. I'm currently waiting for approval for a fusion at the L3-4 level. I get that electric shock feeling at least 2-3 times per day, every single muscle from my lower back down suddenly jumps for a second because of it. I kind of feel like a frog in a high-school biology class in that aspect. It happened a few weeks ago right infront of my surgeon as he was helping me off the exam table. He said it was most likely a part of my spinal cord being suddenly pinched for half a second that isnt being pinched around the clock, just when I move wrong. I worked with electricity alot before my injury, so I'm pretty familiar whith that muscle jump if you hit a live circuit, and thats identical to the feeling that I'm getting, plus the excruciating feeling like you've just been zapped. I dont know if thats what you're having, but my doctor told me it is from sudden spinal cord bumps or pinches, not the nerve roots. I hope that helps and you feel better.

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   Posted 7/25/2012 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops, I guess I didnt pay attention to the timeline here and didnt realize this is an old thread. I'll pay better attention in the future. Sorry.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 7/25/2012 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
No worries....

But it does make me wonder how SESis is doing...Michael..can you update us real quickly on how she is doing before we retire this thread?
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 7/25/2012 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
…yes!….she has been struggling like me, but has a wonderful PCD who is scripting her pain med's for her. She just now got her parking permit and also got a script for a wheelchair as well.

She just contacted me the other day asking more about pain med's, and we do compare notes as we seem to be about equal in spine and med problems.

…is that good enough for you "Snow Cone"tongue …it's been a few since I got to tease you…so I couldn't resist! smilewinkgrin

ok…I'm locking this thread, before some other pesky member starts asking me more questions! LOL

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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 7/25/2012 4:45:37 PM (GMT-6)

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