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Hip pain

doodlesnoopddoodlesnoop Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had L5 S1 fusion 2 weeks ago and they took bone from my hip for the procedure. I am having quite a bit of pain in the hip area, more there than anywhere else. Is this normal? If so, how long does this pain usually last? I also thought I would be cutting back on the pain meds, but I am still using the same amount as when I first came home, although I can now go 6 hours instead of 4 without any meds. I just want to know if all of this is normal....is there anyone out there that can help me with my questions?


  • Sounds pretty normal to me. My first fusion I had bone taken from mhy hip and was told it would probably hurt the most. Oddly, it didn't bother me until about 3 years after during a very cold winter. Doesn't bother me at all now (7 years post-op).

    Regarding meds: give yourself some time!! Even if your surgery was a total success, you still will have "surgery pain". Honestly, my last fusion was 10 months ago and I am still on pain meds (although I do have multiple spine/pain issues).

    While recovering try to get lots of rest, walk and eat right. Don't focus too much on what is "normal", we all heal differently depending on age, health, etc.

    Take care,

  • I had a 360 fusion, so both anterior and posterior. I am not sure with yours is, but I have had a lot of bone graph pain.

    I was told that the bone graph site would be painful for atleast a year and at 7 months post it seems to be an accurate statement.

    Being only 2 weeks post, I am not surprised you still need pain meds. A spinal surgery is a very serious and major surgery and it takes a long time to recover.

    Are you also taking something for spasma and nerve pain? Both are very useful in addition to pain meds.

    Wishing you the very best in your recovery!
  • I had bone harvested from my hip when I had foot surgery several years ago and yes, the hip pain was awlful. It hurt more than where they put hardware in my foot!.It does get better in time and I rarely notice it years later. I was glad when I had spine surgery this year that my bone was not harvested for I didn't need any additional pain. Take care of yourself, take some pain meds, and this should get better in time.
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