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Pain after TLIF

Hi, I'm 4 months post op from an L4/5, L5/S1 fusion and although I understand its pretty recent, I'm concerned because some of my pre op symptoms are starting to make a come back. My neurosurgeon stated that full recovery would take from 9-12 months, however, as each day goes by, I feel more of the same pain. I'm also experiencing a new stabbing pain in my buttocks, more on the right side which will make me scream in pain. These symptoms started about a month ago and I'm not scheduled to see the Dr for another 6 months. Currently going to pain management, but my symptoms are much worst since my last appointment with them. Anybody out there experienced my same symptoms? Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks.


  • I am a little over 6 months out of an L5/S1 MIS TLIF and the first few months seemed to be great and then after that the symptoms that I had pre-op came back. My neurosurgeon sent me for an X-ray to ensure that everything looked okay, had me resort back to NO bending, lifting, twisting at all and for me to do some of the physical therapy exercises at home. I still have SOME pain down my left leg and am on Lyrica but it has gotten better since I did take a step back and look at the activities that I was doing. Have you called the office about this pain, it seems like you're in a great deal of pain that you shouldn't be in. I called my doctor's office and they got me right in as the surgeon was worried. :( Good luck, relax and give it time. :) Oh and another positive note, at 6 months I was FULLY FUSED (surprising to me and my surgeon),
    Olivia Douglass
    MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13
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