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weight bearing back pain

phyllis_gapphyllis_ga Posts: 27
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone,
I'm 9 mos out from PLIF and still having some pretty serious back pain. But here is the thing, it is only when I am standing in place.(which my job requires)sometimes up to 2-3 hours in one place.
It is on the right side L5 area and right buttock...gets really uncomfortable in a matter of minutes. I can shift my weight by moving my foot onto a stool to ease the pain. PT has not made a different in the pain and pain meds doesn't help much. The only relief I get is when I walk or lie down.
So this has me wondering if this might be a hardware issue????? I only have 2 screws....the angle was too steep to use rods without involving normal disks.
Has anyone had any issues with this? PT think I need a MRI. I go to the Orthropedic on Friday.
Thanks
Phyllis
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Comments

  • Hi There,

    Glad you ahve a check up scheduled. I too have weight bearing pain, travels from soles of feet into back and is totally unbearable, Like lightening. I also get the buttock, groin , leg pain. Standing is a killer.
    My PT advised lifting one leg to keep pelvis straight, like on a step.

    I had harware issues and now (I think) my ongoing issues are nerve related as a result.

    MRI sounds a good idea. I hope it all checks out OK.
  • I am appraoching 2 years on my 360, 5 level fusion and I still have standing issues. I can walk 4 miles, sit for hours, and lay down, all without pain. But put me in line at the bank or at security check at the airport and my back spasms. I try to move side to side shifting the weight. It helps but it doesn't go away. If I had to stand in one spot for 3 hours like you do, they'd be putting me in a body bag.

    Dick
    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • the same as you on standing. Though the pain I get is a very sharp pain near the sacrum L5. I suspect it is the screw pressing against the nerve when I am standing.
    An MRI wont show it up as it produces too much artifact so an X-ray would do better. Unless your Dr thinks it is disc or nerve realated then an MRI will help.
    I'd start with seeing your Dr to see what he thinks.
    Have you had films done yet to see if you are fully fused?
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Seen the orthropedic on Friday, he is unsure what is going on also. Had x-rays done, the screws are in perfect alignment and the fusion looks good. So he has order a CT scan to look at facets above the fusion.I will have that done on Friday.
    Dick, U hit it on the spot, the standing in line anywhere hurts!! Will let you know what the test shows.
    Phyllis
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