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sweaty
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   Posted 4/16/2012 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
i had back surgery on 4/9/12. fusion of L4-S1 , I was released from the hospital on 4/13/12, sense I have had continueal problems with sweat chill and ,I have to change cloths twice a hour just to stay dry. my temp runs from 97 to 99.8 .... any ideas.

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   Posted 4/16/2012 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Well 99.8 is enough of a fever that can cause a lot of sweating when it breaks. The reason for it could mean anything from being your bodies way of healing or it could mean that you have some kind of mild infection.

I really suggest you contact the doctor and get checked out. It may very well be nothing to worry about, but since you just had surgery it is best to know for sure.
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   Posted 4/16/2012 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Sweaty!

Welcome to the Chronic Pain Forum!

It looks like you just got home from the hospital just a few days ago, and are in very early recovery from the fusion. I had the same surgery and understand well what you may be going through. I was hoping that you would provide a little more information, as to what pain med's you were on prior to the surgery, and how much….and then what you are on now and how much.

If you were on high doses prior to the surgery and then have had a big reduction in pain med's..this can certainly be part of the symptoms you are going through. I also sweat so bad it looked like I had taken a shower….and suffered this for a while after I got home from the hospital. It is rare that a surgeon will match the med's you were on prior to the surgery….and they do not take this into account….thus causing some patient a few problems after the surgery.

Hope this helps…but you need to call your surgeon and convey your symptoms. If they think there is a problem then they may want to see you.

Take care, and enjoy the forum! Good luck on your recovery as well!

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I deleted your other post, as we do not allow double posting here on the forum….the one you have here will cover your needs well.
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   Posted 4/16/2012 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there sweaty, I just had my L5 S1 fused on the 26 of March this year and I went through a bit of the sweats as well. I also hope like SE that you had shared a bit more about the meds you are taking because sometimes that is the issue.

Are you moving about? I find sitting or lying for longer than half an hour and I begin to leak from all my pores. I certainly hope you do not have an infection do you have staples? are you having them checked? Are you showering yet?

I have so many questions but here is why.

Since I was released from the hosp I have tried to not overdo things but it is really hard because even with the soreness of the surgery my back feels so very much better. I rest, walk, rest, walk and really try to not just lie around waiting for this to heal. Try to stay as positive as possible and if you feel there is something wrong go see your doctor. I ran a slight fever for the first week and a half and I drank a huge amount of water. Probably the reason I walked to much going to the washroom but that helped flush all those other medications out of my system.

Hopefully you will come back and we can chat a little.

sweaty
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   Posted 4/16/2012 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all I will try to give you a little more info I really want to get through this . Starting at 8:30 today I have had 6 bouts chills followed by sweats then it starts all over, Pre surgery I was on percacet 10-325 for about 60 days, WHile in the hospital I was given something by the pump sorry I forgot what but it was stronger than Morphine. this was a max of 5grs at .2gr per injectionnivern by mouth over a 4 hour period ,I had to push a button to recieve the injectio, which works out to be i injection every 10 minutes. I was given by mouth 20mg of oxyco twice the 10mg as needed.ultrium not sure of mg twice a day, percacet 10-325 as needed not nore than I every 6 hours. I was sent home on 10-325 percacet 6 times aday. thanks all. I did call my dr. at 8am today still waiting on a return call.

sweaty
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   Posted 4/16/2012 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I also walk around the house once an hour.so far 3/4 of a mile today.

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   Posted 4/16/2012 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
….hum!….well it could be from the med's at the hospital…but it sounds like you really need to contact your Dr. The chills is what worries me…sounds like you could be breaking a fever over and over….

Let us know what they say please! Have you taken your temp?

Take care,

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   Posted 4/16/2012 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
….you could be over doing your activity as well…and your body will let you know if you have done too much. 3/4 of a mile is quite a ways for just getting out of the hospital. It's good that you are walking, but be careful of over doing it.

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   Posted 4/16/2012 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I will post as soon as my doctors calls me back.

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   Posted 4/16/2012 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sweaty and welcome aboard. GrandmaRoses just had a fusion too, so pay close attention to her posts when reading. She is giving you some wonderful advice.

I hope the drs office calls you back soon. If you have not heard anything after lunch time call again, ask to speak to the nurse at least by talking to her she can speak directly to the dr for you. I know a lot of times drs wait until after the office closes before calling patients back, thats why I said ask to speak with the nurse.

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 4/16/2012 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, thanks for sharing some more info. I agree with SE walking is great but you might be overdoing it. I did a mile about a week and a half after surgery and I knew I had pushed it because my legs felt like jello so I rested. I use a walker so when my legs get jello like I can sit down and rest for awhile.

I also think you are withdrawing from the heavy pain medication, when I was released they said they were sending me home with 12 percacet and then a rx for tylenol 3. I never received the percacets and I never used 1 tylenol 3. I use a advil or two when I feel I have overdone things, I however also have undiagnosed pain so use a long acting and break through oxycodone. I seldom take a break through the very most 2- 10 mg per day because the long acting works so well for me.

Definately watch for infection though that is still my main concern. I shower and rinse rinse rinse to be sure there is no shampoo left anywhere on my back. I hated the staples but the benefit of being able to shower was the best. I know it sounds gross but I had my nurse take a picture of my incision before I was released so I would be able to watch for any changes and I made my daughter and hubby look at the incision daily just to be safe.

Please take care and as always when in doubt call the Dr.

After a few very wise people on here told me not to overdo things I still pushed myself and now I know why they warned me I am not able to walk the mile again yet I do about 1/2 mile everyday and try to add an extra 20 feet every day but if I go to far I have a problem getting back home and that just creates more pain. Take care, give yourself time, good things will happen.
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sweaty
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   Posted 4/16/2012 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I know its late and my condition seems to be getting worse as the day goes by. I never heard back from my doctor, I think I will try not taking the percacet for the rest of the day.

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   Posted 4/16/2012 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a very quick note here…..if you have an infection going on and you are getting worse….don't hesitate going to the ER if needed. You just had a very major surgery, and need to be aware and watch for things out of the norm. I understand your desire to stop the Percocet's…but if you need med's for pain, then by all means take them. Your Surgeon should also have an after hours answering system that you can call in case of an emergency.

Good luck!

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   Posted 4/16/2012 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you get to a hospital, have someone check you for infection. Please do not stop taking pain medication suddenly, you will need to withdraw slowly, and I think you are already withdrawing from the stronger meds.

Please do not let the pain from the surgery get the better of you, you need to keep it under control. I want to jump through my screen here and help you do badly.


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sweaty
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   Posted 4/17/2012 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning all, first i really appreciate all your help and concerns,it was very confronting to have you review my problems.I called my nurses hotline around 7:30pm she sent me to the ER. they did a complete blood work up which came back clean with the exception of a slight elevation in my white blood count,so they ran a CT to check for blood clots, all of these test came back negative, so the gave me morphine, which whit in ten minutes claimed my jetters, so the sent me hone around 11:30 with a rx of tramadol added to my pain meds . Ad this point today I am doing much better. They said they were not 100% sure but was leaning toward to little pain meds to soon.

Thanks to all.

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   Posted 4/17/2012 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for coming back I was concerned,

The tramadol is a good med for pain and is not a narcotic or wasn't classified as one when I was on it. I take a couple of Advil when I overdo things to help with the inflamation and that helps a little.
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   Posted 4/17/2012 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Sweaty!

I'm so happy to hear that you got checked out…and I know that Rose will be thrilled as well. I bet she checks in here in a bit to say hello to you. She isa good woman and has a very caring heart.

I think we both kind of suspected a med problem by the sound of it…but you did the right thing and let a professional diagnose you. We simply are not Dr's here, but can share our own personal experience's with you.

Now take it easy…don't over do it….and the average Lumbar fusion can take 12 to 18 months to heal…..so give it some time.

Take care, and if you have other questions, feel free to ask….and we will be there for you. And if I know Rose…she will be all over it….trying to help. smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/17/2012 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL…see there!…she was waiting at the door! tongue

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sweaty
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   Posted 4/17/2012 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you all.

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   Posted 4/17/2012 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Lol, I seem to have some extra time on my hands now that I have slowed down a little.

Rest now before everyone decides you are all better and they need you for this or that.
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sweaty
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   Posted 4/17/2012 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
good advice, I have had only one bought today. Thanks again for the advice.

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   Posted 4/17/2012 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great sweaty, glad you are feeling a bit better.
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   Posted 4/17/2012 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, haven't been on here for a while. Mr Sweaty it sounds like to me that you are having a reaction to your meds. I would get on to your GP ASAP. Its not normal to have those sort of reactions & I should know I've had 3 major surgeries on my spine & I've now got to have another one. so don't mess about & get it checked out.
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sweaty
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   Posted 4/17/2012 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the advice californiagail sounds like you've had lots of experince

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   Posted 4/17/2012 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to pass on a little word of advise, please try to rest, I hope you have help so you can relax. My mother in Law told me it's not an everyday occurrence so let the guys get their own darn meals and do their own dirty socks. Rest, recover, and try not to stress about things. I am good at giving advise I just do not listen well.lol
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