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Is failed back surgery syndrome real?

I just wonder if everyone has pain post-surgery to some degree. A few years ago I had a fusion, laminectomy, discectomy and ultimately had a SCS implant. I still have pain. Some days are better than others but there is never a day without some pain, even if it is pretty minor. Is this failed back surgery syndrome?


  • I feel your pain as Ive had the same procedures as you except my SCS was a trial. I dont know if yours was failure but think you would have to gauge that on how you felt your level of pain was pre op to post op.

    I think more people than not cotinue to have some pain than not. Ive been doing posts lately singing praises how Im one week post op and have much less nerve pain.

    Reality is that I know that I'll always live in some level of pain due to my back. I also know people here that I dont know how they manage to go day to day with irreversable nerve damage. My heart bleeds for these folks!

    So for people like yourself, I dont think its a syndrone but simple nagging pain that honestly may never go away. So if your asking if your mental :) no... dont think your that at all but hopefully you have gone through the worst part of your pain.

    You also though should consider if you need a revision. I just finised a two level fusion but the surgeon says I need to come back for a revision and wasnt fully sure as of yet to why but think its due to scar tissue. This could also be related to your pains. Have you considered an MRI or cat scan to see how well everthing has healed?
    Weight room accident at 18. Had compression fracture and was paralyzed for month until ruptured spinal column healed. At 37 did all the epidurals/blocks. At 38 had two level open lami and Discectomy. At 39 (Sept 2012) had two level ALIF L4-S1 fusion.
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