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Bone Spurs at L4-L5

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had fusion two years ago and had all hardware removed. I have been having similar back pain in lower back last few months. Just had MRI and CT Scan done and it showed that I have bone spurs at L4-L5. Dr. suggested facet injection - which I had prior to surgery - to help alleviate the pain. He also put me on an anti-inflamatory. Anyone else have bone spurs and what did you do for them?

Still waiting for final MRI results to come back. Hopefully that is it. They said the fusion is healed.


  • }:)

    I had a 360 fusion with instrumentation at L4/L5 the end of march 07. After the initial discomfort from surgery I was having a great recovery. During the summer however I got pain that would not go away. And do I mean pain. I went back to the back surgeon, who did x-rays and an MRI (with contrast). The 2 vertebrae above the fusion, 3 and 4, which were the most stable of my lower back, had slipped and my body had built a bone spur to compensate and the bone spur was pushing on the spinal column. End result, another fusion, 6 months after the first, L1-L5. The bone spur was removed of course and I had a bone graft from my hip. Now that THAT recovery is over with , or almost I am doing quite well except for some facet joint arthritis in L5/S1.

    Good luck.


    Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with bone graft from hip, PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • that bone spurs often come back. Did your dr. tell you that? I think I may go with his suggestion of facet injections first to see how that goes. He is very conservative as far as surgery goes. Thanks for your feedback and feel better.
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  • Hopefully my bone spur won't come back. It was caused by the vertebrae slipping so now that they are fused and can't move the problem should be solved. Guess you have to find out what is causing the bone spur before it can be fixed. If I did not have the 2nd surgery the vertebrae would have continued to slide, my spine was collapsing in on itself. An extreme case for sure. I even lost 1/4" in height.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • I have bone spurs. I have researched this and found that it is your bodys way of protecting from an injury. They are very painful. I have a rhizotomy (nerve burn) done yearly for my facet pain and it also helps with the pain from bone spurs.
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