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Extreme Pain 3 mo. post-op

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Help, 2006 failed L5-L4 fusion, non instrumented, autologus bone. 2008 MISS L5-L4 with PEEK dynamic stabilization L4-L3 and cadaver bone. Extreme pain began 2 -3 mo. post op. Characterized by pain initiated when rising from a supine or fetal position, or when exiting a hot tub or pool. CAT/MRI/X-rays show no overt abnormalities. Pain radiating over left hip maybe unrelated to this extreme central pain. Facet blocks relieved some pain, but not central pain. Help! :''( Has anyone else experienced this?


  • I am in a similar boat as you unfortunately. After 2 surgeries, and the last being a fusion on L4-S1, I've been left with chronic back and nerve pain. None of the surgeries brought me relief at any time, and I have also gone through conservative treatments. I know how it feels. The pain just doesn't stop. My only recourse is having a neurostimulator or morphine pump implanted, and taking medications.
    I was told that back surgery can get you better, make you stay the same, or make you worse off. It's the gamble we take when having this type of major surgery. My life has changed and I spend my time on the sidelines watching it go by. I don't even look the same, I feel like an eighty year old.
    Well, it's good to have you here because there is a wealth of information and advice from a lot of good folks. I hope we can be of help to you. Take care
  • I am sorry your pain came back. I had return of leg pain at 5 weeks postop due to BMP induced bone growth on nerve roots. Thankfully, I got another opinion from a more experienced doctor who knew what had happened and is surgically "fixing" me.

    My advice-seek more opinions from other doctors. Go for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, however many opinions until you can get help or you are satisfied with what you're told. If I hadn't, I would have had a spinal cord stimulator implanted when it wasn't warranted.
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