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Leg pain 9 months post op l5 s1 fusion

BlandgirlBBlandgirl Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a posterior fusion at l5 s1 back is September. I have done really well. Back to work in 5 weeks and out of the brace at 8 weeks. I went off pain path in March and pain pills in April. I was told I was completely fused in April at 7 months post op. I recently though started having leg pain down my right leg and some toe numbness. This isn't as bad as pre surgery which the pain was always 10. But I would say that I have been having 7-8 out of 10 pain. Is this normal? Should I check back in with my doctor? I have also noticed some leg weakness on this side. Just worried I am headed down the same road as before. Can the l4 l5 disc cause the same pain?


  • Hmmmm am I posting under the wrong forum
  • No, you are not in the wrong area it just takes some time to get a answer. I would think that if your having the same pain as before the surgery that it would be the same area of your spine. If you had another level going bad, or that is bad, I would think it would show up as pain in another area. The nerves that exit each level of the spine go to seperate areas of the body. I believe the nerve map is called a deratome map. You really need to see your doctor. This is just my opinion and nothing more.

    Good luck.

  • Blandgirl,

    I would also recommend seeing your doctor. He may ask for an MRI to see what nerves are pinched.

    Don't know if it could be bone spurs, scar tissue, or something surgery related.

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