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Failed Back Surgery???

After 13 years of Spinal Fusion L5-S1 due to DDD I am having chronic back pain again. The sciatic nerve is on fire going down to my left leg, tingling and numbness. The pain is "manageable" with pain patches and laying down on a specific position. Standing up or sitting down makes the pain severe. I am unable to use NSAID's because of history of ulcers and narcotic drugs are a big "no no". So, I take the pain, or at least try to.
The last MRI I had this year was inconclusive because the metals on my back distort the MRI.
Has anybody gone through this?? Any ideas or suggestions?? By the way, has anybody tried using vitamin B12 injections to help with pain, etc?
DDD - Spinal Fusion L5-S1 @ 23
15 years later can't get a "readable" MRI and in pain.

Sciatic Nerve on fire...I need firefighters!!


  • I have failed back surgery myself after l4l5 discreplacement and later was fused due to nerve pain going down left leg,
    Even after having scs realy dont help the symptoms of burning too much,
    Never had b12 shots only steroid injections that help for very short time,

    What about have you tried lyrica ? Some say it helps them, For me it dont help too much but it does make you feel out of it as i got on higher and higher dose same with neurontin,

    What pain patch you using that helps?
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I use Lidocaine patches and they bring some relief. I am too using Neurontin and the dosage seems to be increasing more and more because of the pain.
    I was in the ER 2 days ago due to severe pain (contraction like pains), numbness on left leg, and hips feel as if they are being dislocated. I can't handle this much. My primary put me on more steroids, muscle relaxant, Hydrocodone, NSAIDs, and more Neurontin. Dr. doesnt want to refer me to back specialist until they do another MRI, which due to metals in my back is not as good as it should.
    Any suggestions??? I even forgot to mention the vitamin B12 to Dr. because I'm overwhelmed with pain.
    DDD - Spinal Fusion L5-S1 @ 23
    15 years later can't get a "readable" MRI and in pain.

    Sciatic Nerve on fire...I need firefighters!!
  • I had the surgery as well for lumbar neuropathy. Initially I thought it took care of the radiating pain, then it returned just as quickly. So, It did not work for me. I am currently taking Hydrocodone. It helps to some extent, however you have to wonder what effect it is having on the rest of your body. The epidural injections help temporarily as well, which minimizes the amount of Hydrocodone I take daily. There has to be an answer, a better way.
  • My L5-S1 TLIF was revised with two more levels added with all new hardware 14 months later.

    Fusion just transfers the load, so everybody else has to lift more. If your a DDD person it most likely will make it worse again one day.

    ...but aren't we all just buying time till lumbar ADR has had more time to mature as a solution? ;-)
    Jun 2011 -TLIF @L5-S1
    Mar 2012 -NonUnion @L5S1
    May 2012 -Multi Level Discography
    July 2012 -XLIF 2Cages @L3L4/L4L5
    Aug 2012 -All New Hardware @L34L45/L4L5/L5S1
    Mar 2013 -FBSS = Pain Management until they figure it out.
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