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10 months post ALIF L5-S1: slow vs. sudden improvment

Originally I had discogenic back pain only, with no leg pain. I've had 4.5 years of conservative and some cutting edge treatments (intradiscal stem cells injections), prolotherapy (one big scam) with no help. I'm very healthy and fit, so I recovered very well from the surgery. I never took any medication because: 1) I'm very sensitive 2) I don't believe in long term use of narcotics/ anti-inflammatory/ muscle relaxer and 3) I have a very high pain tolerance.

At around 4 months post op the pressure pain from the disc disappear (the same pain that reproduced during a discogram), but all my spine muscles are still super tight, to the point that I can't walk or stand for too long (pain upon extending and twisting).

My MRI and CT looks good. I recently had diagnostic facet joints injections on 3 levels above with no relief. I've had some acupuncture and massage that didn't do much either.

In the last couple of months I developed a heel pain that feels like walking on broken glass. If I'm not on my feet for a period of time, I have to stretch my cuff muscle or else I can't step on my heel.

I wonder if it's possible to have a sudden improvement after a big plateau. My life are on hold right now and basically upside down. I went from being a gym rat to a very disabled person. I find that not getting the physical and mental benefits from exercising are taking their toll on me.

Thanks for reading.
Alif L5-S1 on June 2013


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 04/22/2014 - 2:32 PM
    Welcome to Spine-health.........to answer your question, yes it is entirely possible that there is a sudden improvement after what seems to be some stagnation in the recovery period.....symptoms that were there, one day just disappear......especially when it comes to nerve related pain. Muscular tightness might be helped with the use of a TENS unit or some over the counter muscle creams or ointments, to ease muscle ache.....sometimes, the muscles simply are in a perpetual spasm due to the cutting for the surgery........A light muscle relaxer might be helpful for those days when the muscular problems are more serious and over the counter stuff for those lesser painful days.
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