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I was doing well....until

I had spinal fusion/laminectomy on 4/12/13. After a week of hell, I started feeling good. By 4 weeks I was pain free, felt 100% and was still cautious as it was early in the healing stages. I was walking 2-3 miles/day as directed by my surgeon. Suddenly a week ago I wake up in severe pain, can't roll over in bed and cannot stand due to weakness in both legs and numbness. I get sharp stabbing nerve pain all day in my back and constant weakness in my legs.I had xrays done which wee unremarkable and now am waiting for approval for an MRI. Anyone else ever experience this? I was doing so well. No taumatic event or anything I can think of that may have caused it. HELP !

ACDF 3 Level 5/28/2014
PLIF L4/L5/S1 4/2013


  • I can only speak from my own experiece. I had L4-5 fused in Feb of last year. A few months later in June I had a sudden onset of major pain, back pain, leg pain, the whole nine yards. The NS ordered a MRI and I had herniated L3-4. I was told it was from th pressure of the first fusion. A week or so later I was in OR having another fusion. I hope this hasn't happen to you, but I just want to share my experience.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • I hope you didn't do too much too soon.I had double fusion and im just starting pt Monday.I was told no walking until 2 mths out. Hope everythings okey kathy
    Kathy B
  • Glad you are getting the MRI. I know you have to be so very frustrated. Try to remember that a set back (even a major one, even if additional surgery is required) doesn't mean that you won't eventually get back to a life you can enjoy. Sounds like your surgeon is taking your pain seriously which is a good thing, not all do, so you must have a doctor that cares about your quality of life. Best of luck to you, Keep us updated to what the MRI reveals.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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