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Multi-Level Fusion Pain

ajgaajg Posts: 9
edited 08/26/2014 - 10:03 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had L2 to L4 fused. It has never really gotten any better since my last surgery last year. However, now, it is very hard to turn over in bed. If I go over to the right, I get a very sharp pain in the middle of the surgery area but it is now going over to my hip which is a new symptom and it is getting worse and worse. The same is true for the other side. It is the kind of pain/ache that stops you in your tracks to the point of actually growning while I turn. It can be agonizing and I am losing 80% of sleep.

Could this be the added pressure on the lower vetebra due to the fusion right about it? It feels like that and the pain is coming from the bottom level and not the top. If I lay on my stomach to sleep, if I arch even a little bit, that also causes a sharp pain like there is a steel rod in my bad, which I guess there is now due to the fusions.

Any thoughts on this? Thanks.


  • that sounds about right .what kind of fusion did you have ALIF/PLIF ?? your fusion would have been done for spinal stabilisation and not pain relief some people do get some pain relief but that's not its main objective of a fusion ,unfortunately if you have lower back pain and leg pain and unlikely that it will go will go away .some people do get a some relief but I am afraid that the damage has been done and you fusion was a last ditch attempt to save your pain ,you could try a TENS .and a memory foam mattress a recliner may help you during the day and if you get a decent one you can sleep on it .mine has been a godsend ,strange sounds and cracks and pops from your back are normal its just nitrogen gas in your joints if your worried see your consultant .I have had many years of pain after my many spinal operations including an ALIF
  • Talk to your doctor, if it is hip bursitis, injections into the bursa will ease the pain and eliminate it. I get it in both hips periodically and the injections bring relief.
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