those of you who know me know that i have had numerous back surgeries and the last fusion was 5 years ago. my first fusion was 10-12 years ago and i had a immense pain that lasted for a couple of days after first fusion. it was horrible. well many years later and after my last fusion f years ago, i have had upper leg pain again. this started about 4-5 months ago and has gotten worse and worse. had a mri and back flexion x-rays which showed minimal stenosis and no disc herniation. the main thing it showed was, i wish i could draw a picture, my discs right above my last fusion, L3 are not flush with one another. in fact the disc is about 45 degree angle from the disc below it. it looks like an open mouth with the screws from the fusion still showing. the dr thinks the screws are not stable especially when i bend, hence the back flexion x-rays. the pain goes form the outer part of the upper thigh on my right leg to just above the knee. mri shows no herniation. when i lie down to sleep, the pain wakes me up everynight and now it is getting worse and now starts when i sit and sometimes when i walk. it is a dull aching pain. dr had another dr check my hip but he said that was not the problem. walking is worse and i bend down more when i walk also but he said stenosis is nothing to write home about. he wants to operate because he says my back is so instable that the problem with the L3 disc needs to be fixed. he does not know what is causing the pain. his partner looked at film also and concured that i needed surgery but also does not know what is causing leg pain.
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anyone have this and what is causing pain if it is not stenosis or herniated disc
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.