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5 months bi-level PLIF, now this

mellynn36mmellynn36 Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in Lower Back Pain

I am 5 months out from a bi-level fusion, L4-S1. My recovery was impaired by some nerve damage as a result from the surgery on the side that wasn't originally the problem. I've been doing PT since week 9, and that has been going well, but it's unearthed another problem. I am having horrible, awful pain in the lower back again, sometimes radiating down to my feet, but both the physical therapist and I think it's my SI joints. Anyone else have SI issues? What kinds of treatment is there? All that I have read seems to make it seem like it's just a "put up with" type of pain. I had an SI injection last January, and it did NOTHING to allieviate the pain, so that's probably not an option.

I see my surgeon for another post-op visit the 1st week of December, but I did call his nurse to make sure I could take ibuprofen (thank God, I can) yet. It's not working well at all, but at this point, what can I do?

Thanks for any and all help you can give. I've about given up.



  • Sorry to hear you're having pain with your SI joint. I've had epidurals and SI injections that have helped with the pain. I hope you can get in to see the Surgeon about this issue. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • My physiatrist/PM doctor has promised to do a radiofrequency ablation on my SI joints after I'm recovered from surgery. Interventional PM doctors do have treatments for SI dysfunction!
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