I am not NEW NEW to these pages- just NEW this year. I had PLIF in 12/07 and sought help through these pages then
Well, long story short, my fusion did not take,we think due to the occulta Doc discovered during surgery. Even though they used my own bone graft.
In the meantime..more pain developed. So we decided to try and Re-fuse the fusion. But, doc does discogram first and finds my L4/5 disc has disintegrated. SO- lets do ALIF and use cage and BMP at both levels- plate over 5/1 - then flip me over and do PLIF do put in longer rods and more screws----
well that was on 1/15/09. so, tomorrow is my first post op- and in the last 3 days i have developed this pain in my calf- no reddness, no swelling- only when i walk and it is like the most severe cramp ever- but doesnt bulge out like a cramp. Also a pain in my back of thigh same leg when i sit-
do we think this is sciatica? or leg cramps? i placed call to his assitant today- but never heard back- i will be there tomorrow but am worried about walking just the bit into his office from waiting room it hurts that bad- and as soon as i lay down, pain stops!! weird right???
any thoughts? and thanks so much for still being here
oh- i had spondlylolesthesis-pars fractures, weakness, cold, tingling,dissolved disc and all that fun!