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5 weeks post ALIF L5-S1 burning pain

Hey Everyone,
After lurking and reading a lot of posts, I have decided to come out of the wood works. In general I have been doing great after my surgery (ALIF L5-S1), much better than I thought. I had a discectomy/laminectomy 3 years ago and was pretty scared of the fusion but the pain pretty much drove me to go ahead with it in the end.
As I said I have been recovering well, walking 15 to 20 minutes 3 to 4 times a day. I am still on pain meds (Oxycodon/Oxycontin) and Gabapentin. Now 4 days ago I woke up around 4 AM with this insane burning in my right pelvis area, basically right below my hip joint on the the right leg. It was so bad that I put ice on it. It went away and I thought it is just part of the nerve pains with the associated burning that I and it seems many of you experience after the fusion. Now this has happened again last night and tonight. I have to admit that the pain is doing a number at me especially at night but this is kind of scaring me. Anybody else experienced this? I think I will call my doc/surgeon tomorrow just to be on the safe side.
Thanks everyone on the forum for sharing your experience, it is great to know to not be alone in this.



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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Eddy,
    I had pain in about the same area that you described. I noticed it came on when I pushed it physically and did too much. Even now, if I've just come back from therapy and I stand too much or do to much without some rest, the groin area on my right side gets weak and I start limping. Laying down for a good rest is the only thing that makes it go away. It has been getting better as my strength and endurance increases. Hope this helps.

    Isthmic Spondyliothesis Level II - III
    ALIF/PLIF L4-L5-S1, 2 cages, 2 rods, 6 screws (6/10/2013)
  • Lumbago_dolorLLumbago_dolor Posts: 3
    edited 09/02/2013 - 10:52 AM
    Hey Vicky, thanks for the reply, I really needed to hear from someone. I think this is what happened here too. The last week has been really difficult. I am off Gabapentin and now I can really feel the nerve pain in my legs as well. I've been trying to cut back on the Painkillers at the same time but it is really hard. I am trying hard not to get down, but I was hoping to do much better by 8 weeks now after I seemed to recover so well initially. My doctor and most of his staff was not around last week (pre-labor day) so I felt left out hanging without any support. Did you have the burning in your legs/feet as well?
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 09/03/2013 - 4:23 AM
    and it was awful. It was so bad, I went without shoes for several weeks during winter....LOL Everytime I put my shoes on, the fire was unbelieveable and I would have to take them off.......I went on Lyrica again to help manage it and then when I wanted off the Lyrica, I was afraid it would come back but it didn't....
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