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New Pain 3 months Post ALIF + TDR

Getting a little concerned about some new pain I am experiencing. I am 3 months post ALIF and TDR at L5/S1 and L4/L5 respectively.

The new pain is deep rooted and only seems to occur after a period of lying down or extended sitting (which I try to avoid). The pain seems to emanate deep within the tail bone area moving outwards through the glutes. It is very central and is very painful and I really struggle to get off the bed, even using log roll technique. It lasts for no more than 2-3 minutes after moving and eases with movement. It has been getting worse over the last 10 days or so.

Someone told me that pain is common when the fusion process actually starts, but this wasn't my neurosurgeon and I don't see him for another 6 weeks to get his take on it.

Anyone else experience the same and can shed some light on what it may be?


  • I had the same surgery and my si joint went wild afterwards. They told me it is very common because of the added stress put on the rest of your spine. I had injections which were very successful. Your Dr should be able to confirm (or not) with a simple office test.
  • Thanks for the response. My physio reckons it not the SI joints. I dont see my surgeon for a while and it seems to be getting worse. It hurts when I roll over in the night, when i cough or sneeze and is becoming more intense.
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