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5months post op still have pain on left lower part of back

lheinzellheinze Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi everyone
almost 5 months since my laminectomy lumbar fusion multi level for l4,l5 and s1. have a rod, screws and cage. dr says it's starting to heal over the hardware but i have so much pain 24/7 on my left side lower back and left hip. also working part time due to the 45 min drive to work standing for 4 hrs due to it hurts to sit. ihave a desk job but they got me a stand and sit desk with a fatigue mat. I am not over weight so that isn't the problem. doesn't help though and my legs ache too. had an epidural shot 2 wks ago and it lasted one day. the dr seems concerned. has anyone had this problem? if so what did your dr do?


  • I am sorry to hear about your pain but am not too surprised that you are still experiencing pain at 5 months post fusion. (I know if I stood for 4 hours my legs, hip and lower back would be screaming!) At this point in your recovery your back and entire body are still adjusting to the changes in your spine. Muscles that likely became weaker post-surgery are probably not back to full strength yet.

    It is good you saw your doctor to make sure there is nothing goofy going on - but if not, I would think it is just that you are still recovering.
  • Oh yes, this happened to me too. I had a TLIF/laminectomy on L4-S1 over 8 months ago and I have chronic lower back pain and nerve pain til this day. The pain just never let up. I have nothing but deep respect for those who have to go in to work after this type of surgery. For now I go to a pain specialist to manage this pain because nothing more surgical can be done at the moment. I was told before having both back surgeries that I would feel better, stay the same, or get worse. Back surgeries come with no guarantees, but we take this risk in order to fix the problem. Just keep trying the best you can and follow up with your doctor. Hopefully you'll find some relief along the way. Take care
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  • Your symptoms seem to mirror what I've been feeling for the past 2.5 weeks. Granted, I'm only 8 weeks post op from a PLIF (L5-S1), not 5 months. In fact, I called the doctor today to see why I'm feeling so poorly. The pain originates in the tailbone then up and over to the hip. Getting out of bed is excruciating as is rolling over. And if I need to cough or sneeze, watch out because you'll hear me yelp as it hurts so bad. Today, I had a dull pain behind my left knee and into my calf. My leg has felt as though it's starting to go to sleep. I had this already before my surgery, but it wasn't the defining reason for the surgery - the pain in the RIGHT hip was. Now I've just traded hips following surgery. Go figure. The doctor has prescribed a cortosteroid to see if it will help reduce the inflammation that is most likely the culprit.

    Hope you find some answers and relief soon. Hang in there.
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