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PccstudentPPccstudent Posts: 103
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone,well it is 4.45am and as the song goes "I should be sleeping"(Eddie Money I think).I am one year out of a L5/S1 fusion and I have tremendous pain in my left hip (fusion was on the right)left thigh,left calf,left foot.My right side is pretty good.I am certain my surgery should be called a failure.I see the doctor(s) on the 24th and the hip specialist on the 7th.It is good I came to this site as I did not previously realise that hip and leg pain after surgery is a commom occourance.Before surgery I never had this type of pain and I never had pain that affected how long I could stand,I do now. I am already on SSDisability (since 2005) but I am a student (I am 56) that plans on graduating in 3 semesters and going back to work. There is no way I can hide my condition from an employer as it is and the pain is affecting how long I can study. Well I guess that is enough for now and I do hope others feel better.For myself I hope I can correctly relate my condition to my doctors and this allows them to come up with a diagnosis and a plan for me.
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  • Want to welcome you to spine-health. I hope that you were able to get some sleep.

    Have you had this pain in your hip, leg, foot since your surgery, or is this something that has come on more recently? Have your doctors sent you for any tests (MRI xrays) since your surgery? Do you know if you are fused or have started fusing? Did you have any issues with other levels in your spine above or below your fusion?

    I too have a lot of hip pain (especially when sleeping, as I sleep on my sides)

    I wanted to wish you all the best at your appointment on the 24th (that is when I see my surgeon and hope to get a date for my fusion)
    Look forward to hearing more from you.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • My hip,leg,foot pain started about 2mths ago (10 mths after surgurey)I had an inital "Honeymoon" after surgurey where I thought all was going to be great,this lasted about 3 weeks. I am starting to come to the conclusion that many people have a honeymoon period but then things settle in to how they are really going to be. I am a Medicare patient and I do sense some reluctance to investing more in me (very hard to both convince the doctor that there is a problem and to get aggressive in finding out how to make me better). Your well wishes are very much appreciated, I do have my two appointments comming up. These two appointments are probably going to be the first of many (that is if they want to invest more into me) lets see.
  • So sorry, wrote in the wrong area, new to this site. Hope you well with your appts and get some sleep! I know back pain can be so disabling. Good luck, and I will follow how things are going

  • First off a hearty Welcome to Spine Health!! Sorry to hear of the trial you've endured. Hopefully they won't write you off - I know that feeling.

    What you might want to do is keep a pain log. In it list "where you hurt", "what symptoms you have - Pain = jabbing, throbbing, dull, steady, electrical, spasm etc. you have. How these symptoms affect your day to day activities and such. Many times these are of great assistance as a 'visual' tool for your doctor to better understand what is truly going on.

    Please let us know how it goes. Again, Welcome aboard!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you dropped in! alot of us spineys don't sleep much at night so you are not alone there! check out the "Sleep Problems"forum for some extra help! i am sorry you are suffering from a "failed surgery".. please stop by the forum anytime! good luck to you! Jenny :)
  • Hello everyone,I have found out that there can be issues that get confused or wrapped up with the pain in the spine. To be brief, my pain level went through the roof 2 days ago but it turned out I was passing a kidney stone. Well I have that little guy in a cup to bring to the doctor tomorrow (about 1/8" around).It was great to get relieved from this pain (it was on my right side) and I am going to mention or present the possibility that something similar is going on on the left side. I do not expect big discoveries tomorrow, just continuation of the process.
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