Original post http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/lower-back-pain/all-you-scared-anterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion
About a month ago i went through an anterior lumbar inter body fusion from L4-S1, I thought i was done with the pain but boy i was wrong. My original post should probably be deleted.
My back pain went down to about a 3-4 for the first week to week and half after the surgery and right leg pain was gone, The leg pain before surgery came and went multiple times a day but was not the constant pain i had in my back(8-10) but very intense when it hit also (8-10).
About two weeks ago the pain came back very strong in my legs, my left leg never had pain and now its worse than the right leg. The pain in my legs is so intense( a 5-8 in right leg and left leg is 7-10 ) and constant now. And my back pain has come back and is still really bad, it goes up and down from a 4-10. Pain in my legs/butt surpasses the back pain and my back is constantly on fire. I am becoming pretty depressed, I used to be an insanely handy guy, Built anything and everything i could think of since a young age, and now for the past 9 months I've been pretty much bed ridden, Sometimes the pain is not that bad that i can force myself to go to the store with my Girlfriend or go to my parents house to visit but only for a short period of time before i have to go lay down again.
I thought that I was done with this pain, but i guess not. All i can think about is why am i still here dealing with this, nothing makes me happy anymore. I am not suicidal, just beyond tired of living life like this, I had back pain at a young age and it was tolerable for many years. But now i am in so much pain I can't stop from crying multiple times a day.
Pain is one of those things that is relative, but the pain I have now is equal to if not worse than before the surgery in my back and has increased in my legs.
Any one else have pain that has spread after surgery? I Have an X-ray and follow up appt. in two weeks and they are fully aware of my changing conditions.