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Back pain flare ups after ALIF (8 months post op)

TatiyanaTTatiyana Posts: 194
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my fusion on L4/5 back in December, and the recovery has been VERY slow..infact my OS said I was "a little behind" in my recovery but he didnt seem overly concerned. My restrictions have been lifted and I pretty much am back to my regular activities but if I do too much my back lets me know.
Up until now if I over did it, my back would hurt that day but improve very quickly (by the next day)but 3 days ago, I tripped over my small yorkie :''( and had to "catch" myself. From that point on I have had pain similar to pre surgery.

Has anyone else had a similar flare up post fusion? I am trying to stay positive but after days in considerable pain, its wearing on me. ~X(

Any suggestions or comments?


  • Nice to see you on the board again.

    I would call your surgeon, just to check, but I don't think you have much to worry about. I somehow got tangled up while walking one of my 100# dogs four months after my fusion, and did a face plant on the asphalt pavement. I just lay there for awhile trying to decide if I was hurt or not. I landed on my face, scratched the lens of my glasses, badly skinned my cheekbone...but my fusion remained intact.

    The doctor told me that today's hardware is designed to withstand the impact of a car crash...so MOST falls would not be affected by it, in terms of hardware breaking. I imagine other things could happen...I bet your have some inflammation from it. Are you icing and maybe taking an anti-inflammatory?

    It's normal to be sore from your accident. Your muscles and soft tissue is still healing from the surgery and is probably susceptible to any little bump or jarring episode.

    Do what you can to make yourself comfortable, and check with your surgeon just to be sure, but I think you'll be OK.

    xx Gwennie
  • My surgeons told me I was a slow healer too but it turned out to be more than that. With the micro-d I reherniated a month later and developed other problems. After my TLIF on L4-S1 I kept having bad pain flare after flare, but I was told to hang on and give things time to heal. It turned out to be scar tissue that caused me more pain and grief that I already had. I felt worse post op than I was prior to having the fusion. And I already had permanent nerve damage on top of that.

    Well, I think since you are able to do normal activities that eventually your pain and soreness afterwards will get better. Remember that you had a major surgery on your back. It can take a long time to get over this. And once your back is hurt, it won't be the same again but I think you can attain a next to normal life with help from your doctors and whatever treatment they recommend. Take care :H
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  • Sometimes it just helps hearing others say it. I bet it is inflammation & I should ice. I was just bragging about how good I felt last week & then BAM..I told my husband I spoke too soon!
    Its good to see some familiar names! Last time I logged in I didn't recognize anyone :/
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