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Lumbar instramentation problems help!

hisbeauty4asheshhisbeauty4ashes Posts: 182
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
HI and great to be back. I have been gone for awhile delaing with other medical issues.

Every since I have had surgery in Aungust 2007 and 2008 I have had worse problems with my lumbar spine.I lay down for a little bit the left side kills me and when I walk it effects my left leg. I have been getting injections, how long can that last. I am so down about this.

I am dealing with neck nerve damage which is painful and there is nothing to be done about it. This all occured after three neck surgery.So I am getting injections with this as well.

In 2008 they took out partial instramentation out of my lumbar spine because it was causing a great deal of pain. They left the left side in because of the postreror cage it is a spcaer for the disc's anyway it is causing me allot of pain.

I am suppose to go see the specialist here in Oregon next week. I am wondering if I am wasting my time because is there anything they can do to fix this situation? I now it is the medal it seems as if my body struglles with the medal in it. Has anyone been in this situation? I am fristrated and if they can not do anything then I might as well not see the surgeon.

Thanks for any insight you might have.

Take care.


  • I had surgery in June with a cage and screws and a bone stimulator. I am still having allot of pain and the Dr. on my last visit talked about removing some of the metal. The fusion itself looks good. I just don't know what kind of surgery this involves and I don't go back to him until Nov. 1st.
  • Oh I feel for you dear one. I had partial taken out of my lumbar but as I stated above I am still having problems with real bad pain in the part that still remains. I hope it goes well for you. Just remember you will recover quicker then a back fusion but please be careful in the decision you make with the doc.

    I am so sorry you are having this problem as I know this pain well.

  • Are you being treated by a Pain Management Specialist?
  • I'm sorry you're having problems with the lumbar instrumentation. Have they done a CT to see how the hardware is? I've recently had a cervical one and it confirmed that not only am I totally fused at all three levels, but that my cervical hardware is good and stable.

    I don't think any of us can advise you whether to see this specialist or not, but all of us would advise you to be your own advocate and find where the pain is coming from, whether it's with this specialist, a physio or pain management. It's very frustrating to have pain and not know the culprit. I feel it's important to find the generator and go from there.

    By the way, is your avitar of you a picture of you taken before your cervical surgeries? The first thing I thought of was how painful it looks to sit that way with neck problems. :-)

    Take care and please keep us posted.
  • HI and thanks.

    Yes the pic was before surgery I need to put a new pic in.lol

    Well I can tell the pain is coming from the instrumentation. I had this kind of pain with the neck instrumentation and it was taken out. I also had partial instrumentation taken out do to horrible pain in the lower spine on the left side. But then pain started developing on the left side and it is like you can feel the difference between pain from the spine and pain for the instrumentation. I have no pain on my right side at all. SO this also tells me it is instrumentation. It seems to be like my body can not handle the medal. I had my fut fused over six months ago and it is not fusing it is very painful do to the medal and not being fused yet. I mean I feel it. Anyway I will see the doctor on Tuesday and we will see what I should do.


    I do have a pain specialist and have been living on injections and I am tired of it. I would like to be able to live life with out constant injections. Narcotic's I can not stand and will not live on them. I have reactions to narcotic's as well. So I am trying to find a way to manage pain and see if it can be alleviated through other ways.

    Thanks for you posts.
  • Good to see you and a nice pic of you. I'm hoping the injections will help your pain and hope something can be done about the metal bothering you. No insight but just wanted to wish you all the best. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Was wondering about the Pain Management and wondering if an SCS trial had ever been considered an option in your case. Of course if you feel your body is having an issue with the metals used in the fusion hardware, the it may also have an issue with the metal of an SCS IPG or a Intrathecal Pump as well.

    I totally understand the desire to live without any narcotic pain medications. I have not used any since 2007 after several years of dependence on them.

    I hope that your docs can get things worked out for you so that you can achieve some sort of decent pain reduction or relief.

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