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Scar Tissue and Pain

LonelygirlLLonelygirl Posts: 29
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everyone :) I had a 2-level fusion (PLIF) L4-S1 last October. My recovery has gone relatively well but I am still having pain in my hips and legs. I had an MRI done a few days ago and the surgeon's PA said there's a lot of scar tissue in the area (surgeon was "unavailable" until next week). It seems to me that scar tissue is inevitable with surgery. My question is if I can expect this to continue to cause the pain I've been having. I am able to function most days but I'd like it better if I could see a light at the end of this tunnel. Any thoughts?


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    to give the nerve drugs a try. I.E. neurontin, lyrica, etc. They all have side effects. So you need to give them a fair chance. Different drugs and different dosages work for different people. It's a trial and error process.
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  • Although I hope there is no permanent scar tissue in your case, I can certainly understand how that could happen. Maybe as things heal, the scar diminishes some as it does with external scarring.

    I think you can also have scar tissue without surgery. I read an ebook, I may have found it via a posting here that talked about a flare up possibly being caused by activity that rips open some scar tissue.

    It fit perfectly in my case. Tho I've had low back & hip pain for many years, it didn't get truly unbearable until I started lap swimming.

    I was stumped. How could swimming hurt your back? Of course, there is twisting during freestyle & possible hyperextension of the back if you don't use a snorkel.

    It finally made sense that I had adapted to a certain level of pain over the years & the change/increase in that activity tore something loose.

    No signs of settling down yet, after several months of much more severe pain.

    I wonder if the right kind of PT can help prevent the development of scar tissue?
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