Hello my name is Kristina and I am 25 years old. I have had 11 years of back pain due to degenerative disc disease and have two bulging discs. Finally November 9th, 2012 I had an ALIF (Anterior Lumbar Inter body Fusion) with 4 pedicle screws and two titanium cages put in on L4-L5 and L5-S1. The doctor said the surgery went good. But immediately in the recovery room I was screaming in pain. The nurses pushed the max of morphine then decided to start me on diloudid. It took the edge off but my left leg was killing me. Before surgery I had severe nerve pain from my lower back all the way down to the backs of my legs to my toes. That pain was now gone after surgery, but I had new pain down the whole top of my left leg. It was extreme to the point I couldn't hardly lift my leg 2 inches off the hospital bed. I stayed in the hospital four days. The day I went home the pain was a little less. I could manage to walk and move my leg. I got home and over the last eight weeks I have been on a high does of Norco 10-325. Two pills every 4-6 hours. Last week I dropped down to taking one Norco 5-325 only a few times a day. When I had a check-up with my doctor he said my most recent CAT Scan showed a nerve may be touching my lowed titanium cage and could explain my pain. He also said my nerve could just be inflamed and causing this pain. He suggested I take Lyrica twice a day for five weeks until I see him next. After doing some research on this medication it made me nervous to take it, but I am four days in and no improvement. What scares me is say this medicine works, but what happens if I go off of it and I still have this leg pain. The doctor said if the nerve pain doesn't go away he will go in through the back and move the lowest titanium cage over a tad bit. I need to know if anybody has ever been through an experience like me. I am afraid this Lyrica is a bandaid and I will end up having to go back in for surgery in a few weeks. If thats the case I would rather get it over with.
Wed, 01/02/2013 - 9:24pm#1
Severe Nerve Pain After ALIF Surgery