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Post surgery problems

DoneDDone Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, new here hopefully I posted in the correct forum. Have had 2 l4, l4, S1 fusions in the last 2 years(1 failed). Still have considerable pain, my surgeon thinks the last one is fused but wants a ct mylogram to make sure. Will be doing that soon, but had an issue the other night. I woke up from bed in incredible pain, got up and collapsed as my right leg had no feeling from the hip down. Not numb or tingles, no feeling. Luckily I was able to grab the headboard and catch myself. Very scary, never happened before. Has anyone experienced this before? I have dealt with much pain since this has all started and still do, but this was a first and kind of scared me. Thanks and again I hope I posted in the correct forum.


  • Sorry, l4, l5, S1 fusion.
  • Hi ~ How long did this numbness last? Was it just a few minutes? Obviously you still have something pushing on the nerves -- whether it's a disc, or bone spur or what, I don't know. Hopefully the myelogram will show, but I'd rather have an MRI myself. I don't like myelograms! LOL

    When you find out the results of the myelogram, let us know. I'll be curious to hear what is causing this!

    Also, have you seen a pain management specialist? These doctors can help with your pain -- either by procedures or by medication. You might want to consider seeing one to relieve some of your pain. I wish you the very best. Take care & God bless. Hugs, Lee
  • Thanks for responding, I actually didn't feel numbness there was no feeling at all. It only lasted for about 20 seconds or so but it was scary. I have had a mylogram before so that part doesn't worry me too much but I know what you mean. I will post when I get the results, it will be a bit though. Thanks again!
  • Hi, I had a couple of tests done. A hardware injection to see if the screws are causing the pain. And they found a new bulge and degeneration in l-3 above the fusion. The hardware injection caused pain so they know that it's the hardware, waiting for insurance approval to get it taken out. Not ready to do anything with l-3 yet, just have to hope it doesn't get worse. I'm not ready to even think about another fusion yet so let's hope the hardware coming out helps. Thanks for the response, I appreciate the support!
  • The hardware block injection is to numb the area where the hardware is to see if its the cause of some of the pain, it gives the feeling as if hardware was not there,

    After the hardware block if a person has releif then they can remove it to get that same releif as you feel when the injection took place and was blocked,

    So if injection caused more pain with the hardware block injection i am not sure what brought them to the conclusion that removing it will be a benefit,

    I would try to confirm there finding so hardware removal is not done if thats not your true issue in my opinion, Especialy if another level might need to be added in the future and then they will have to open you up again instead of doing a posible hardware removal at those levels at same time of surgery when they have to posibly fuse the above level,

    I am no dr but it would make sense in my opinion. I had my hardware removed because hardware block give me some releif, But from what you described yours sounded the oposite results with the hardware block injection,

    Good luck, Get 2 nd opinion to make sure its worth having it removed because each time they go in just causes more scar tissue build up that can cause more problems then its worth especialy if hardware was removed for no good reason,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • i guess it would be safe to assume you have a fusion at this time. i do agree with alex about the removal of the hardware. i am no doc either but would strongly suggest a second opinion before jumping into another surgery. good luck
  • Sorry, I meant to say before that the hardware injection took away the pain for a couple of hours. Hardware was removed in late January, 2 weeks later I got sick and was back in as the incision became infected. Just had the staples removed yesterday, still some pain but don't expect to be pain free. Hopefully I can try to get on normally now, thanks for all of the responses, much appreciated!
  • my husband has also had fusion in same places, did you have any realife at all? His back hurts worse now then befor surgery and has new pains and weekness down his legs is that normal will it go away?
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