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Spinal fusion back poppin in and out

dndkrollddndkroll Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a spinal fusion in sept 2011 almost 9 mos. ago. I live with daily pain in my lower back. I was fused from L4 to S1. I also have a feeling above where fusion is of my back popping out of alignment to popping back in. It doesn't cause pain when this happens. I can do something as simple as moving my leg and it will happen. I did tell the neurosurgeon that this was happening didn't say a word just wrote it in the chart. I want to know if this is a normal and to live with daily pain. I have been in therapy for 3 mos and only thing that it is really helping is my balance.


  • I'm sorry you're dealing with daily pain. That doesn't seem normal. Are you still on pain meds? I am 9 weeks out and am tapering off on my pain meds and muscle relaxers. Some days are better than others. I have nerve issues in my left foot more than anything...it's annoying, not really painful.

    I had a light popping that happened above the fusion site for about 4 weeks after surgery. My surgeon said it was the muscle tissue around the instrumentation, not necessarily bones popping. It happened mainly when I was standing up straight and relaxed my lower back muscles a bit. A very weird sensation. I don't know if this is what you're experiencing though.

    Good luck! I hope things get better for you!
  • I came on here to ask this same question. I had my two level TLIF from L4-s1 in February and my back is doing the same exact thing. It doesn't hurt when it does it but my back still hurts overall. I also have hip pain on one side and still some numbness in one foot. I currently only take pain medication as needed but nothing everyday anymore. I am really curious as well if this is normal. My neurosurgeon didn't say anything when I told him.
  • I also had a lot of clicks and pops and a couple of hours later - pain.

    My NS referred me to a specialist Physical Therapist for core strengthening work only. It's made a world of difference. She had to teach me to identify my core muscles (they seemed to have gone to "sleep") and learn to engage them.

    I do half an hour of these exercises every day. She also taught me how to sit in a neutral-spine position and that has been hugely helpful in extending my sitting tolerance.
  • My NS said its ligaments and muscles moving around the instrumentation from the fusion.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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