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Still have pain after fusion

I had l2/l3 fusion on March 4th. Although the intense pain is gone I still have the same pain my left leg that I had prior to surgery. The only thing I accomplished by having the surgery it seems was reducing the level of pain from an 8 to a 4. If the herniated disc is no longer pressing on the nerve why am I still experiencing pain????


  • Please be patient with yourself. You are only 8 weeks out. Intakes bones a full year to fuse (from what I have read.) I hope every day will be a little better for you. Since you had your fusion, your neck should be more stable now which is a good good thing. Healing thoughts and prayers coming your way. {{{HUGS}}}
  • I had a L2/L3 fusion on March 23rd. I have been very disappointed with my progress. I started having sciatica pain and numbness that I didn't have prior to surgery. Then there are the muscle spasms. Ugggh. It's so frustrating, but my Dr. Insists that everything I'm feeling is normal. I tried to go back to work 1/2 days at my desk job and couldn't even handle that. Luckily I am able to work a little from home. Sometimes I feel like I may not get better, that maybe I got the wrong part fixed. I am just trying to stay positive and give it more time and keep those thoughts out of my head.
    Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) Surgery (Open) L2/L3 (23Mar15)
  • The biggest misconception is that surgery is a pain fix. The idea of surgery is to fix a problem. Pain relief is merely an added bonus.

    You are just over 2 months post op. The acute pain phase can last up to 3 months..... You need to give yourself some more time. Be patient in your conquest.

    Sending healing vibes your way...

    Doug Hell
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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