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lower back and leg pain after back surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm new here and hoping somebody can help me. Had fusion on L4 Aug. 2007. Before the surgery I always had pain on left side of lower back and down left leg. A few months after surgery, started to have pain in right leg and right side of lower back. The surgery didn't help, it just added to the problems I already had, now I dealing with low back pain on both sides and pain in both legs. Have a hard time sleeping,walking makes both my legs hurt,sitting relieves the leg pain, but if I sit too long my legs go numb. Finally convinced my neurosurgeon of how much pain I was in,so he ordered a myleogram. Now he tells me I have some narrowing above where I had the fusion and this causing my leg pain. Now he tells me I may need more surgery. What does this mean?
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  • soulmate. The only thing that I can really tell you is that you are not alone. I have seen so many people here that still suffer after fusion. Sometimes worse than before fusion. Did your doc discuss what exactly he would do with the next surgery? I would strongly advise gettin a second and maybe even a third opinion. I know that for some after fusion it actually puts more pressure on the discs above the fusion so they have problems with the levels above. The only person that can really answer your questions is your doc. Good luck to you and please keep us posted on your progress.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so sorry yo are still hurting after your surgery. there are some medications for leg pain which might help your leg problems. your doctor really is the only one who can set you straight on your problems. please be patient and good luck to you! Jenny :)
  • Welcome to spine-health.i would have to agree with the last two posts, and you should read some of the threads in the back surgury section,you take care sorry to hear your still having pain....
  • Hi, again sorry for your pain, i had l5-s1 microdisectomy about 12 weeks ago and the leg pain only got worse! i am now taking Gabapentin which numbs the nerve pain and changes the way i feel totally and reduces my need for pain meds. you shold try this.
    regards, kempyt.
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