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L4-L5 spinal fusion

bailey1bbailey1 Posts: 25
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Chronic Pain
Sense having my L4-L5 fusion Doc said the fusion looks great, But isn't sure why I still have continued back pain.. my pm doc is just calling it a failled fusion. I had a myleogram done about 6 months afer my surgery which about made me pass out, showed normal. So why is it I still have severe low back pain and some leg pain????? I walk for about 20 min at a time 2-3 times a day.. I do all my daily stretches and such I got from my therpist I use a sports ball and everything. but I continue to have low back pain. I can't sit or stand longer than 30-40 min at a time, and I can't go from sitting to standing or standign to sitting.. I need to lay down in a comfy spot and relax for a while for the pain levels to go down, which usualy takes about 3 hours maybe If I'm lucky..

I take 60mg Oxycotin 2x a day 150mg Lyrica 3x a day 450mg welbutrin 2x a day. soemtimes I just don't think meds help, Lyrica is supposed to block the signals to the brain, but I don't think it has ever blocked one for me.



  • i'm in the same boat. Continued pain after fusion. Does your pain run down the legs? is it dull?
  • When did you have your fusion? I had L4/5 fusion almost one year ago. I still have trouble with back pain and difficulty walking. I'm on MS Contin twice a day and Vicodin for breakthrough pain. I rarely use the Vicodin. My pain is worse going from lying down to sit to stand. I can not tolerate sitting or standing for too long either.

    I no longer get horrible spasms and incontinence, though, so that's a positive. My right leg pain is gone.

    Wish you the best!

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  • Yeah some pain down my right leg. not as much as it was before my surgery but I still have some..
  • I had mine about 1year 3 months ago. still continued pain after my surgery the pain in my leg has gone down about 80% now it only happens when I am on my feet for more than 30-40 min at a time then it really starts to hurt,. They have never given me any breakthrough pain meds. but I figure if a 60mg oxycotin doesn't help much not sure more meds would do much either.. I don't wanna try to just cover up the pain I want it gone meds don't fix anything I just want the pain gone and fixed
  • I am a 39 year male who just had his l4-l5 fused on 10/06/10 i am home now and what it hurts like hell when i walk Get out of bed... Can sit straight up. will any of this go away? i hear all the story about the pain everyone has but is it the day after surg. pain?
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  • First, welcome to Spine Health. :-)

    If you had L4/L5 spinal fusion on October 6th, then it is quite normal to be in a lot of pain. If your pain is not being controlled by your pain medications that your surgeon gave you, perhaps you should contact him and let him know.

    This is a difficult surgery to recovery from and the recovery is a long one. At this very early stage you are at, follow all the advice given to you by the hospital and make sure that you get plenty of rest and take frequent, short walks. I know that getting in and out of bed is not easy, it will get easier. Are you log rolling as they showed you in hospital?

    Things will get easier as the days and weeks go by, but it is going to be a while before you can move about normally. Meanwhile try not to bend, lift or twist. If necessary, move things (or get someone to help you to move things) to a place where you can reach them easily.

    Are you having to wear a brace?
    I didn't have one, but each surgeon is different.

    Do keep asking questions here. There are lots of helpful people who will support you through this recovery, and it is so helpful to be able to talk to others who have travelled the same road and really know what you are experiencing.

    I wish you well in your recovery and look forward to hearing how you are progressing. :H
  • is not as easy to recover from as say an appendectomy. Have you read all you can on this website? If you have any questions during this time, feel free to private message me. Best wishes to you. Everything in the above post by jellyhall is spot on!

  • I'm about 13 months out of my L4-L5-S1 fusion. I'm still in pretty rotten shape. I just started aqua therapy and it seems to be helping a little bit. The land based therapy just made me worse every time I tried it. The docs told me a year to recover but people I have talked with have told me to expect closer to 3 - 4 years to recover from this surgery. I have also had fusions at C4 - C5 and C6 - C7. This lower back surgery seems to be much harder to recover from. I just hope things get better. I still have severe lower back pain with radiating pain down the outside part of my legs. Can't sit, or stand for more than 15 minutes or so without laying down somewhere to get the pressure off my lower back. I'm pretty disappointed with the results of this so far. Its better than before surgery but not a lot. It seems more like the pain moved and changed more than went away.
    Anhow, I'm sticking to what folks have told me. Aqua therapy and expect 3 - 4 years. DOH!!!!
  • I had surgery a few weeks ago- removing bone spur type, the size of a knuckle in my spinal canal. Thought I was all set except pain is still there. Not so much lower back but pain in my left butt. Pain bypasses leg but wraps around my left ankle. On Neurontin400 mgs 3xday, weaning off of steroids right now, dilaudid for pain, anti- nausea pill (for the steroid) and Pepcid. Absolutely no difference in pain even with pain med. talking about fusion but thinking why bother- haven't heard one success story
    Elizabeth Doucette
  • I will say that I think I had a successful spine surgery. I've had pain for at least 10/15 years in my lower back before surgery which I had l5/s1 fusion back in august. For the first time in years my lower back actually feels like a back again with minimal pain. I do still have nerve pain in my leg but nerves take a long time to heal. Also what people fail to realize is the surgery is not to fix the pain, it is to stabilize your spine, and the bonus might be that you get pain relief once your spine and nerves heal over time.
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