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The pain came back 4 wks after surgery

Annie-mAAnnie-m Posts: 108
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone,
I had my ALIF of the L4-L5 on April 11th. I was blissfully pain free for 4 wks. I then started having bladder issues and horrible pain like I had not felt before. The pain was like massive stabbing, burning and sudden spasms. If I was not where I could grab onto something I would have fallen. Things have calmed down a little bit. The spasms don't happen anywhere near as often but I now have constant lumbar pain just like I had before the surgery. I do still have little bits of urine loss now and then.

I called the surgeons office and he immediately called for a urine test and an MRI. I saw the surgeon 3 wks later. Actually it wasn't the surgeon it was the PA who hadn't been briefed on what was going on. I of course told her everything. She said she would pass the info on to the surgeon and call in 3-4 days.

She called this morning and told me that the surgeon said to hang in there. He has every reason to believe that it will get better because he saw nothing in the MRI that show any reason why I'm have any problems. He also prescribed muscle relaxants and said if that didn't help I could seek out an epidural steroidal injection.

There is one thing that the MRI showed that I'm wondering if it might be the problem. The MRI reported "an interim development of a dorsal midline annular tear and a small central disc protrusion at the L5-S1 level.

I'm so tired of the pain :''( , Does anyone else have a problem like this? I'd like to know what everyone thinks and get suggestions please.

ALIF April 2011 but it turns out I broke before it barely fused.
L4-L5 posterior fusion December 2013


  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    It's common for old pain to come back during healing, or even to have new symptoms. As you heal the body has various amounts of inflammation in areas all over the general area of the surgery. Hopefully you still have an arsenal of pain medications and muscle relaxants to help you through the tough pain revivals.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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