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6 month post op disc fusion pain-will this ever go away?

kathikay55kkathikay55 Posts: 2
edited 02/12/2015 - 8:10 PM in Chronic Pain
Good Evening,
I had L5 S1 spinal fusion surgery 6 months ago. Surgery was uneventful and considered successful However 2 weeks post op I developed terrible pain in my left leg. I had to be hospitalized for the pain one month after surgery it got so bad. Since then it's been a slow recovery. I have had 4 lumbar shots and get a small amount of relief from each one. However the pain has settled in my calf, ankle and foot and doesn't want to budge. It is still tender in hamstring area as well.
Walking or standing for more than 10 minutes is terribly painful and nighttime is horrible. My doctor says to hang in there. The nerve is traumatized after being compressed for so long and eventuallly it will get better. But 6 months??? Jeesh. I'm a very healthy and active 55 year old. I miss my life!!

Has anyone out there had pain for so long after surgery? Need some assurance there are better days ahead!

Thank you for any feed back.


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    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • I had nerve pain that returned around the same time after my fusion. I was put on Lyrica and told to take it easy. I still have periods of the nerve pain flare ups but knowing my back is stable now doesn't worry me as much. I hope you get some relief, it is tough!
    Olivia Douglass
    MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13
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