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Post op pain

RuffyRRuffy Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Chronic Pain
I had spinal fusion and rod put in, in my upper spine, in feb of this year, was recovering very well and nearly pain free until about early June when I started having excruciating pain only on my right side, around the hip lower back area. My surgeon said that this pain was unrelated to the surgery, but I've never had anything like it, it is quite debilitating and has prevented me from doing any exercise or working for long periods of time. It feels like all the muscles along my right side have torn. I have a 4cm height discrepancy with my legs, my right leg being the shorter one, and the side the pain is on. Again, my surgeon assures me this is unrelated to the op. Just wondering if anyone has experienced this type of pain post op?


  • Well, if the pain is not related to your surgery, what is it from? It doesn't help if the doctor tells you what it isn't from -- he needs to tell you what's causing it. I have had flares of sciatica since my surgery, but I had it before surgery and it was my lower back (where i had surgery) that caused it. Tell him/her to become more helpful and help you find what IS causing it.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I would suspect that it has something to do with the height difference of your legs, 4 cm is quite significant and is very hard on your hip and SI joint. I agree with Isteller, he needs to tell you what the problem is, or refer you to someone who can tell you. Good luck, I hope that you can find the relief you need!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
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