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Ongoing issues after TLIF fusion

AndyFL21AAndyFL21 Posts: 1
edited 11/15/2015 - 3:17 PM in Chronic Pain

I was injured as a police officer January of 2014. I had two herniated disc at L4/L5 and L5/S1. I underwent a microdiscectomy surgery in May of 2014 which failed quickly after returning to work. I had a TLIF fusion done on both levels. The recovery was rough to say the least.

I am having a lot of problems sitting for long periods and standing. I have a lot of muscle pain in my lower back and am very stiff when trying to bend. Picking things up off the floor (such as dropping my keys or ice on the ground) is a chore. So far walking and trying to lose weight seems to help slightly.

I am currently prescribed Tramadol, Gabapentin, and Meloxicam. I use ice and a TENs unit to help also. When I go out and do minor yard work or house work I am laid up the rest of the evening. At 32 years old I am having problems dealing with this. My doctor is a complete jerk and typical workers comp idiot.

I am in the process of changing doctors so maybe I'll get some more answers. My questions to any of you is are you having issues like this? What else can I try to feel better? Have any of you had epidural injections after having a fusion? Thanks for the help! I'm very thankful for this website and should have come here a long time ago.

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  • Hi Andy,

    I had a TLIF L4-S1 6 months ago and still in some discomfort. My original back pain has gone, but I still have this lingering pain/aching which can be quite sharp when bending etc. Most of the pain is coming from the midline of my spine near the L5/S1 area but sometimes from the areas where the screws are implanted. I thankfully have no leg pain though and this has never really been an issue.

    I saw a surgeon a few days ago (not my operating surgeon) who is a Professor and Head of the Spinal Unit at a high calibre University Hospital who told me that he has had patients who have taken 2-3 years to recover from a lumbar fusion.

    He advised me to sit tight for the next 2.5 years and let everything heal. He also told me not to let anyone touch my back with injections etc as this will be injuring your back even more. Im not saying you should do the same, as we are all different. However after 5 spinal surgeries and a lot of injections in the last 3 years, he told me "don't let anyone touch you for 3 years".

    I'm with you on the recovery- the first 2 months were hell, I have never experienced pain like it.
    Micro Discectomy L5/S1 Feb 12
    Anterior Fusion L5/S1 June 12
    Posterior Fixation added to L5/S1 Nov 12
    Hardware removal Nov 13
    TLIF at L4/L5 May 15
    Posterior Fixation added again at L5/S1
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