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Spinal Fusion 6 month back pain??

bdaltonbbdalton Posts: 1
edited 06/16/2015 - 3:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm a 33 yr old male in good shape recovering from a L5-S1 fusion surgery.

I initially had a laminectomy to resolve sciatic pain down my leg which didn't work. Then in Nov of last year(2 months after the laminectomy) I had a full fusion of the L5-S1. I still had the leg pain so my doc went back in and cleaned out a ton of scar tissue 3 months ago.

Since then my sciatic pain is virtually gone. I'm still on a low dosage of Neurontin and anti-inflammatories and I'm slowly coming down off of the Neurontin.

For the last couple of months since the leg pain has gone away I've been dealing with rough back pain when coming up from the bent over position, standing from sitting, or standing from squatting.. it feels similar to a muscle pull in the lower back, maybe a bit sharper..

My doc/NP said my x-rays/MRI look great, that my fusion is coming along nicely, and to expect back pain. I'm not overly concerned at this point but I've not seen any decrease in this back pain in the last 2 months. I am walking 1.5 miles every day, doing push ups, and riding a stationary bike, so my activity is back up to a decent level.

Has anyone else experienced this? Do I just need to be patient and the pain will decrease as the hardware has more time to fuse?


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