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Horrific Right Thigh Pain After TLIF Fusion on L-4/L-5

CaryB1960CCaryB1960 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had TLIF surgery on Sept 12, 2011 and most all pre op pain symptoms seem to be gone.

About 10 days post op I started experiencing horrific pain on the front side of my right thigh. A first the pain would set in at night, however, now it's sporatic. Also riding car even for short distances 15-45 mins cause extreme pian i
n my right testical as though someone has it their fist and sqeezing it!

I am walking wearing my back brace a couple times a day like 500-600 feet at a time. Working from home via internet with heating pad on thigh. When this pian kicks in it's so severe I can't even concentrate.

I'm taking Zanaflex 4 mg every 8 hours and Oxycontin 20 mg every 8 hours put it has little effect on this thigh pain.

I don't want to push it, however, I am an active 51 year old with a 13 year son.. I must get better!

Can anyone relate? possible causes? effective reliee by stretching or excercise? Medication relief?

Any comments or sugestions to run by my doctor will be greatly appreciated.




  • Hello there, I am just joining this site in search for some advice. I am 2 wks post op of TLIF L4-S1.
    Surgery went great & back pain is completely gone, however my left leg is killing me. It is completely numb all the way to the bottom of my foot, and it tingles all day as tho it is asleep, and my thigh muscle aches horribly. I am just wondering how things went with you & if there was anything that I can go back and have fixed. I wouldn't even be on pain meds if it weren't for the leg pain! :(
  • The first couple of months I found that one new symptom would come as soon as one would go. I had horrific shin and calf pain along with extreme numbness in my thigh about 2-3 weeks out. I couldn't sleep and would have smothered myself with a pillow if I could have. LOL But it just went away after a few days. I had an ALIF. Your body has been through a lot and it takes times to heal and readjust. I took me 5 months before I was convinced everything was going to be OK. I just passed the 6 month mark and know my surgery was the right decision. Hang in there! It will get better!!
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    It is fairly common after surgery for there to be new pains in areas that you may not have had it prior to the surgery, and numbness as the nerves that may have been compressed or in contact with the disc material wake up from surgery. It can and usually does go away. Nerve pain medications such as gabapentin or lyrica or amitryptaline all seem to help nerve related pain. If it continues or worsens, then talk to your surgeon about it.
    Walking is vitally important post op, and each patient should be walking many times a day, increasing distances as time passes.......this helps to keep the muscles toned and ready to resume your life once you heal from the surgery.
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