wierd popping/bone rubbing after L5/S1 fusion

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wierd popping/bone rubbing after L5/S1 fusion

hi everyone,

i am new here; had PLIF L5/S1 fusion with rods/screws, bone graft and BMP on 3/11/09.

i am experiencing this popping/bone rubbing feeling and was wondering if anyone else had this problem.

Can anyone tell me what this is?

I would greatly appreciate any input on this at all.


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WELP---U r not alone!! Soon after my fusion L4-5,S1...I noticed this popping/rubbing feeling at the top of my rods...I literally felt like it was a guitar string snagging on the rod then popping loose??!!
It is an annoying feeling and at times can be a little painful for me. It has been 2 years since my fusion and I have to say I have not experienced that feeling in a while.
My Doc basically related to my body adjusting to the new hardware in my back...made sense, but...still was very uncomfortable.
My advice keep a log on when it happens, what u were doing, and what makes it worse or painful.
Then discuss this w/ Doc and he may can help you with this annoying problem!! GOOD LUCK & GOD BLESS!!

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noises and feelings

my fusion was 2-24 of this year and I have a lot
of the popping and noises I can actually hear and feel. It always happens at physical therapy and
usually it feels good to me, like things are loose,
in a good way. My therapist says that is normal
at least in my case.

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bone rubbing

I get that in my low back as well. It's not quite a popping feeling just a rubbing sensation. Bone on bone. It isn't painful in my case, but I do get a quick, fleeting nauseated feeling that passes in about 3 or 4 seconds.

Generally this happens if I am standing up (for any length of time - short or long) and will rub if I twist my spine from the hips.

Let me know what you find out if you speak with your doctor, k?


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Mine is more if a crack/snap that occurs with even the slightest twist (like when driving and I look behind me). I am always freaked that "OK I just undid a strand of fusing bone" but who knows.

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thank you all for your

thank you all for your input....

i guess its reassuring to know that i am not alone. i just keep focus on the positive results and believe the rest of the pain will go away.

i also have pain at l5/s1 with nerve pain down my right leg and under my right foot...this is causing my right foot to cramp up...

i hope this is not permanent...

anyone have

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me too...

I can feel a similar sensation -- six months after my posterior instrumentation from L4-L5-S1. Occasionally it happens when I'm lying down following long periods of sitting or standing. It feels like something hard in my lower back. I asked my surgeon about it just yesterday and he said it was most likely related to the bone fusion taking place (and not the instrumentation per se). But who knows. I feel it pretty much where the screws were drilled into the sacrum.
My surgeon said not to worry about it. It's more of a nuisance, an odd sensation, than something really painful.
Good luck with your recovery!