After 20 years of chronic sciatic and neuropathic pain and loss of power in my left leg I ALIF operation 8 weeks. The pre-op symptoms have but receded and I was tracking to a good result. My physiotherapy was on course improving the strength in my left leg. However, 2 weeks after the op I experienced intense almost unbearable pain in my ankles and lower legs, stronger in the left than right.
My surgeon called me back in and gave me a 5 day course of a steroid Dexmethsone, which addressed the pain within hours. He discussed the possibility of BMP, which was necessary for the fusion, being the culprit but this was generally short lived. After a few days things were improving and my physio program was back as scheduled. A couple weeks after this point the pain in my legs came back with a vengeance this time it felt deep in my shin bones and left ankle. I then had unscheduled meeting with my surgeon where he told me that while the Dexmethsone address the pain he wouldn't give me any more steroids as it was not a suitable drug in terms of getting the fusion to take well. He felt the best course of action was to write to my GP and have him prescribe me with Oxycontin and leave the next phase of my recovery up to my GP.
I had an appointment with my GP a week ago where he prescribed 30mg Oxycontin twice per day along with 5mg Oxynorm for "break through" pain. It was during this meeting were the GP informed me that surgeon, who had made ALIF his speciality for over a decade and pioneered it in Australia, that I fell into a group of only 1% of ALIF patients that had this kind of reaction to BMP ie extreme pain.
I'm now 8 weeks post ALIF and am just coping with living with the intense side effects of BMP. My left foot and leg is swollen with odema, I need a walking stick to keep me stable when walking and am trying to cope with very strong pain which is only alleviated to some degree with Oxycotin.
So the question is who amongst forum members would have experienced the side effects of BMP and would they be similar to mine or marked but not as extreme as what I've described.