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Fusion causing pain

Hey everyone,
I have had 2 cervical spine surgeries and have had severe pain since the first one but it got even worse after the second one. When I saw my neuro she said the bone wasn't fusing well or as she said "as thick" and should have been. I was just wondering if anyone else has heard this and whether that coul be causing my worsened pain?


  • Hi H,
    Unfortunately, this is true. I've had one level fusion in neck in 2010 and the pain never got better, instead worse. The donor bone "refused" to fuse...... Had major lumbar surgery in 04/14 and it seems to be the same.......I don't smoke, was super active, healthy, prior to first surgery. People are just not all alike. Sending you healing energy, strength, and don't let thie condition define yourself and stop you from living. It's not easy...preaching to myself too.....but life is more than our illness, pain, etc. big hug to you, Lexi
  • Ask if you can get a bone growth stimulator. Also, if you are a smoker you will need to stop immediately. There are other threads on this site you may want to search tat has other things you can do to help bone growth.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • then stability will be the consultant main priority not pain relief .some may experience some reduction in pain but most don't pain control is a minefield .there are many post on here about individuals experiences with pain control .{worth a read}
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