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Bone pain after fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I had a L5-S1 fusion 6 weeks ago to fix joint instability which caused intense pain on my low back for over 7 years. It's been 6 weeks since the surgery and I healed very fast but the pain seems to be the same. It feels like bone pain around the screws. Does anybody have the same experience? All doctors say it's too soon to evaluate success of the operation but I want to know if bone pain is common around the screws and if it goes away after a few weeks/months.
Stress fractures on both S1 facets, plus a lot of arthritis, plus a slight spondylolisthesis.


  • In my case, I had the same "bone pain" in that area after my 1st surgery,until my recent one. I'm not sure if it's bone, hardware or arthritis that's hurting. I think, for me, it's just my body reminding me that something wierd is in there. You're only 6 weeks out, you have a lot of time yet to heal. Just keep your Dr. updated with it. Just know that most Dr's tell you that you won't know what your "normal" will be until at least a year out. Don't get too down, it may go away, or at least lessen. :) Andrea
  • Thanks Andrea. You've been through a lot. I certainly understand what is to be in pain and feel old. Hope you get better soon.
    I'm trying to be patient but the fact that the pain is exactly as it was before is unsettling. But I know they are early times.
    Thanks again,
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