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Possible sciatica 7 years after spinal fusion

In April of 2004, I had a spinal fusion of L4-S1 with titanium rods placed to stabilize my spine. I began feeling pain, that resembles that of sciatica, yesterday. The pain is unbearable at times. Stems from my lower back, down my right buttock, down that hip to my heel. My 3 little toes tingle a lot & that is painful at times, too. I don't know how I could have anything pressing on my sciatic nerve, since everything in my spine should be stable. I have made an appointment with the surgeon who performed my fusion 7 years ago...my appointment is next Wednesday. I was just wondering if any one else has had this problem? I have a 3 year old son with special needs & a 5 month old daughter...so I'm hoping surgery is not in my future.


  • Good luck with your appointment! It's not uncommon to have a few issues down the road after surgery I've heard. It could be just a flare up that needs a little physio to get you back to feeling good! I hope everything turns out well for you! Keep us posted.....

    Different degrees of back pain since 1994
    Cortisone shots Jan/09
    Discectomy and lamenectomy April/09
    L5 - S1 spinal fusion July.13th/12
  • I occasionally have sciatic pain that comes and goes. Some days are horrible and then it will go away for months. I think it's pretty common.
    4 level posterolateral fusion L2-S1 with rods and screws and cadaver bone. Spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, sciatica, DDD, facet disease and arthritis. September 2002
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