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so much pain

20 months ago i had lower back fusion with metal work L4/5 S1
i am in so much pain with my back sharp stabbing pains in lower back
my left leg was left numb after the op but now it feels heavy and dead like real tired leg i have started to stumble and trip more
i am on oxycontin,gabapentin amatripyline naproxen and paracetamol all strong doses
but still in pain
i dont go back till jan to surgeon.. i dont feel that i can contact him ..anyone else feel like that
what should i do ?
Please help me


  • You must contact your surgeon. I don't think you should be suffering like this. I recently had fusion and at one of my follow-ups he explained that at about 1year-18months thre is a possibility that you will needd the hardware removed. He said my body will present with pain, like when I try and put my shoes on...a pulling, burning pain. Its sounds to me like you have not had any pain relief since your surgery. Please contact your surgeon....you deserve some answers and some relief! Good luck and keep us informed. Ellen
    3 level fusion L3-S1 July 23, 2012
  • i feel my sergeon is not aproachable ( im in the UK) i have been on all my medication since op and they have increased it over past few months
    i see my surgeon in jan said its all fusing well ,, when i said bout the pain he said it would be coming from other places ,, but all he was worried about was my fusion and cos that was going well that was it
    i go see my doctor alot and im seeing pain consultant in nov if i get no joy then i will see doc about contacting surgeon
  • WonderboytwiceWWonderboytwice Posts: 149
    edited 10/16/2012 - 8:23 AM
    Hi Geminigirl1965,

    I had lumbar fusion to L4/5/S1 in December 2008 and am still getting pain particularly in my legs and feet so my Surgeon has elected to give me Nerve Block Injections to both sides of lumbar area. I had first injection to right side several weeks ago and the pain in my right leg/foot has almost disappeared which is brilliant so hope it lasts. I get left side done on 1st November so hope I get the same result. Only trouble is it takes about 12 hours after injection to walk properly. Suggest you mention this to your Surgeon. I am in UK - Herts. Good luck.
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