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2 level PLIF leg pain

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hey everyone in recovery land. 8 weeks ago I had L5/S1 and L4/5 fused...2 rods and 6 screws. My back pain isn't all bad all things considered but does anyone who has had this done have leg pain? I mean when I get up it's like 2 pain sticks I have to walk on. I don't know if it's the nerves saying "hey guys, haven't seen you in a while, let's reconnect" or what but the leg pain sucks.

So if anyone sees this and knows what I'm talking about please let me know. I'm doing all the right things - no BLT, wearing my brace, and doing my stimulator. It seemed weeks 2-3 were good but weeks 5-8 have been H, E, double hockey sticks.

Thanks in advance.


  • I was the same. Weeks 3-6 were quite good for me considering, but since week 6 I've had the same back issues (plus a few new symptoms which is disappointing).

    However, if I'm honest, on a couple of occasions it was probably my own fault. You know how it is, when you're starting to feel so much better that you think you can do some of the 'normal' things. Only to find out that when you've experienced back problems that involve surgery, there are probably going to be some things you won't be able to do any more and therefore have to come to terms with this as you go along.

    It's good that you are following your surgeon's instructions by wearing your brace and using the stimulator. Here in the UK I don't think we are provided with brace/stimulators like they tend to use in the US - well, I know for a fact that my surgeon does not use the back brace or stimulator. It's interesting how surgeons in different countries adopt different techniques for hopefully achieving a successfuly outcome from the same operation.

    As for leg pain - YEP! I did have increased leg and butt pain. At the time I did mention it to my surgeon and he said it can take up to TWO years for all the nerves to settle down. If you are concerned about it, perhaps you can chat to your surgeon for some reassurance. I'm sure it's all part of the healing process, but I'm obviously not a medical person, so do ask your surgeon for further advice if you need it OK?
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • I noticed from your post (and from several others over the past few months) that you've had 6 screws fitted. I've had the same operation, on the same 2 levels, and I've only got 4 :S

    I know the National Health Service in the UK is under strict instructions to save money wherever possible, but now it's got me thinking. I'm sure that whatever hardware has been used must have been tested numerous times, and it must have been found to be effective and totally secure......?????

    I DO HOPE SO !!!!

    I'm gonna start a new thread to see if anyone else has any comments about this.
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
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