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Upper back, neck pain 10 weeks after lumbar fusion

sarahd28ssarahd28 Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had a fusion of l5,s1 on Nov 10. I started having some severe upper back pain a few days ago (and it isn't getting any better) and wondered if anyone else has had this issue? My surgery was due to an injury, I did not have any other issues until this pain cropped up.
Sarah D


  • Sarah:

    I had L4-S1 fused in January 2011. Probably 3 or 4 months afterwards I, too, began to have upper back pains. Mine has only been on one side, immediately under my "angel wing."

    I attribute it to sympathetic pain from the spine above the fusion due to the radical change in spinal movement/support (mechanics) from the fusion. This is similar to what happens to a person who must "favor" an injured ankle or knee - their hip begins to hurt or even their back due to the imbalance in the skeleton.

    So far for me it has been a nuisance pain, but I sure hope it is not a precusor for the failure of a disk higher in my lumbar spine, or even into the thoracic spine.

    Like I do with so many other issues in my life, I have ignored it - a behavior pattern that many, many males demonstrate.
  • My dad had the fusion surgery in September, and is finally back at full strength. He's actually had the surgery TWICE, once with the anterior approach and once with the posterior... Posterior finally worked but the recovery was much longer. He had some random nerve pain but at least the dizziness and headaches are gone. It's a long process :-(. best of luck.
  • Hi,

    I find I suffer upper back pain when I get tired. I assume it is down to using my back differently. On a positive note it did get better after my fusion - it has now returned after my hardware removal.

    Good luck.
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