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6 months out from L5-S1 PLIF...still have pain from standing

backpainsuxbbackpainsux Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had surgery on January 17th 2011, one level PLIF fusion at L5-S1 with titanium cage, rods and screws. My original pain is gone and I am able to work out and walk with no pain, but I can't stand for more than 15-20 minutes without extreme pain. I get extremely stiff and I feel like there is a brick in my back. As soon as I go sit down, the pain goes away. Could this be from the hardware or scar tissue? I have not been back to my doctor since my 3 month post-op. He said only come back if I am having problems. I do plan to make an appointment to go back and see him. Has anyone else experienced this?


  • Love your name and yes it sure does! Welcome to spine-health. Sorry that you are having pain with standing. I would definately make an appointment to go and see the surgeon to discuss the possible reasons for this.

    Is this a new symptom that you are having or have you had it since the surgery? Glad that you are able to get some relief when you sit.Do you know yet if you have started to fuse?

    Once again, welcome aboard!

    >: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
  • I had the same standing issue prior to surgery. I couldn't stand for long periods with having to sit down for relief. I had a ruptured disc that had calcified and had to be removed. So I had the PLIF performed. I still can't stand for any length of time. I can walk, stretch, and do a few exercises without any pain. It's just standing that gets to be painful. I am Ok for a couple of minutes but after about 15 minutes it becomes extremely painful.
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