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Extreme Sciatica Pain after a Level 3 4 & 5 Fusion

NickiNNicki Posts: 1
My mother in law recently had a fusion on her lower back level 3, 4, & 5. She had sciatica pain in the past, but now after her spine surgery she is experiencing extreme pain. She had her fusion almost a month ago and she is still in the rehab facility they moved her to after the 5 days in the hospital. He doctor said the screws, etc are all healing and in place so it's nothing from that per say. However her doctor doesn't seem to give her any ideas as to what it could possibly be. Any ideas? She has a tendency to want attention so we are trying to get her help if this really is painful or all in her mind. Please give me some ideas. Thank you so much

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start? = She's had sciatica pain for years but this severe symptom started right after her lower fusion. A month ago
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma? = no
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc) = She's seen a neurosurgeon, and I'm not sure about other doctors.
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones? = she had epidurals before her surgery for years
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc) = all the above, except I'm not sure if they have done another MRI yet.
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc) = that I'm not sure about, they have had her on everything it seems
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind) = this is a result from a surgery
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated? = that is what I'm asking about the sciatica nerve
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you? = she just says "I don't know", she won't ask any further questions she's just laying there. It's driving me crazy that's why I wanted to see if I can get some sort of another idea for her to do.

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