1 year Post ALIF Surgery Pain

1 year Post ALIF Surgery Pain

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RickC
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1 year Post ALIF Surgery Pain

Hi All,

I had the ALIF procedure last March 2009. The surgery went fine, and I was off wrkd for about 7 weeks (desk job). The surgery helped to relieve my "drop foot" and leg numbness symtoms and I'm a walking machine now. That's all good!

I was wondering if anyone still has post surgery pain after 1 year? This pain is located at my lower back where the surgery site is. This is not constant oain, but occurs after I sit for a length of time. The pain is not sharp, rather a tight/sore feeling.

My surgeon commented that low back pain at this point is likely related to generalized degenerative changes commensurate with aging and altered mechanicnal demands to my back. He recommended I start with an anti-inflammatory such as Motrin or Naprosyn for this condition. And if intractable, I may require a minor analgesic, as needed.

Does this make sense to others?

Any related comments are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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RickC

Often times the disk above cant take the added pressure. And may become degenerative to the point it's impinging on nerves. Which was the case with me 2 times. Ask for an MRI to make sure you haven't knocked the next disc up out
Good luck, Jim

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If like me you should have some pain stay on your antiinflamitorys keep active dont over do it but keep your chin up

RickC
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Jim

j.howie wrote:
Often times the disk above cant take the added pressure. And may become degenerative to the point it's impinging on nerves. Which was the case with me 2 times. Ask for an MRI to make sure you haven't knocked the next disc up out
Good luck, Jim

Thanks for your input. My surgeon said something like what you described may happen, although in the years to come, not only one.
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Carpenter John

wasacarpenterjohn wrote:
If like me you should have some pain stay on your antiinflamitorys keep active dont over do it but keep your chin up


Thanks for your comment. I will take the anti-inflamatory medication. I guess I need to watch out for over-doing it. Yesterday, I know I did more spring yard work than I should. My back is really sore today. On other days it's just "kinda" sore.

I've over-done a few things since surgery and really have to remind to pace myself. That's hard because before surgery, I did as much activity as possible.

New body parts, new life styles. Old dog needs to learn new tricks.