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Help I had L5-S1 back surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Lower Back Pain
On July 10 I had the L5-S1 back surgery. They put 2 cages,screws,rods and my bone grafted back into me.It's
been 7 mths.I feel like I have a heavy weight in my back. I really feel it when I'm walking or trying to sleep at night. I have alot of pins an needle sensations in my legs and feet. They are really severe at times. I'm afraid to do anything anymore. It gets so depressing at times. My husband has to sleep in another bed because I toss and turn all night. Does this ever get better? Any info would be appreciated.



  • it took almost a year before i got improvement in my back. now a suffer with leg and foot pain that i did not have before the surgery. time and patience and the right meds. i have the time. patience running out. meds dont work. been a hell of an experience. everyone i talk to have different results and different success. it takes a lot of trying this and that to find out what works best for you. i haven't found mine yet. still looking. good luck
  • Hey thanks for responding. I got tired of all the meds. I was a walking zombie. I only use them when the pain isn't bearable anymore. I just wish I knew this was going to get better. I've read nightmare stories and they really have me worried. good luck to you.
  • they can take out the hardware when the bone heals if you want
  • Ya that would be great if the insurance would cover it and I knew for sure that is what's causing the other pains. I don't like the idea of them cutting through my back and the muscle again. It was an experience I would really never like to have to go through again. Thanks for you input.
  • I totally understand what you're going through and I'm sorry this is disrupting your life. I had my fusion last summer and the pain never left. There is so much I can't do and it's so frustrating. My medicines keep the pain bearable but I do suffer bouts of pain flares all the time. What are you doing for this ongoing pain, are you seeing a pain specialist? Has anyone suggested a neurostimulator for you?
  • Thanks for the response Meydey 321,
    I saw numerous doctors before the surgery. Mine was a workmans comp. and they send you everwhere before they do anything. I went to a pain spec. in Clw. they gave me two pain blocks on one visit which was very painfull and didn't help at all. They also gave me oxycotin, pain patches, muscle rexl. and sleeping pills on my second visit. All this did was make me very incoherent and took away some of the pain. I had the surgery and have been to phys. therapy and have prescrip. for oxycod. I don't take it unless I can't stand the pain anymore. I take Ibuprofen. I've never heard of the neurostimulator. I know from what my doctor says it can take up to two years for relief and the bone graft fusion to work. Physically I'm afraid to do anything. I used to be very active. I've read some pretty bad articles on the cages,scews and rods causing more damage by collasping ect.. I hope things get better for you. Something like this is life changing. Take care Roberta
  • Can anyone send me a pm to let me know if they would go through removing cage and pedicle screws.
  • Hi,I'd like to know the same thing. It was bad enough when they put them in you. I can't image them taking them out. I personally don't want to go through that again.
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