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Pain laying on side

Hi. I had L4 L5 PLIF with the works on September 10 and I am having a very slow recovery, with the last scan showing possible epidural fibrosis impinging on the right nerve route. I see my NS at the end of Feb again, but in the meantime I am curious about whether one of my symptoms could be muscular or related to the fusion and/or fibrosis. Over the last three weeks I have had increased trouble sleeping on my side, it now causes me pain. Since the fusion I have always found it more comfortable to use a pillow between my knees to support my hips, but now I also need to have a rolled up towel under my waist when laying on my side so that both hips are equal and no lateral movement from the spine. Has anyone else had this? I couldn't find anything on any other posts about this. Thanks


  • I have always found that I need the pillow between my legs, as well as sometimes under my back. It is the need to keep the spine in a straight position while sleeping. AS far as where the pain is actually coming from I think only imaging is going to say wether there is something else going on.
  • KeeweeKKeewee Posts: 92
    edited 12/29/2012 - 6:19 AM

    I'm just two weeks post op from a 360 two level fusion and disc replacement. I am waking in the night with hip pain which is very annoying :(
    2 level Discectomy 2000 open surgery
    L4/5 Discectomy & L5/S1 Laminectomy 2005- (Cauda equina) open surgery
    5 x joint injections 2012
    Discogram Dec 2012
    Dec 2012 - 360 Lumbar Fusion L4 -S1(BMP), Disc replaced L3/4, Bilat trocanter injects
  • I also have unfortunately increasing hip pain - I am 4 months post post fusion so not feeing too positive at the moment. Towel to support my way when sleeping on my side helps but doesn't really take it away
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