About a week ago, I started having some discomfort in my lower back and to the left, which is basically where my fusion took place. It's like a sharp jabbing pain....it doesn't linger. At the time, I thought maybe i had pulled a muscle in my back or damaged the fusion because I stupidly lifted a box that was much too heavy for me to lift at this point in my recovery. (Got too antsy to bring in a package from Amazon. Lesson learned.) Anyway, it hasn't gotten any better and now I'm having problems in bed....no, not those kind of problems! ;-) I used to be able to lie on my back comfortably, but now I have this jabbing pain when I lie on my back and I have to bend my left leg to be more comfortable. Turning over is painful because of the jabbing pain in the left side back. Then when I do get settled on my right side, it hurts for a minute on the left side because it feels like the left side is sliding into place. Not sure that makes any sense, but it's hard to describe.
I saw my Neuro on Tuesday for a checkup and told him about it. X-Rays looked good...nothing out of place. He said it might be due to that muscle growing over the hardware, but I don't know if I buy that.
Does anyone have any thoughts as to what might be causing this? Anyone have the same issue? Thanks for any input!
Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry