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post TLIF L4L5 now problems with L2 L3

I had fusion with hardware and bone one L4,L5 in April, the pain that necessitated that surgey is gone! Now I am having pain in lower back tightness, that starts when I do things like vacuum, stand to cook, etc. My doc said to get CTscan and now they tell me I have problem with L2,L3 and will need conservative treatment ..therapy, the steroid injections. I had this all before the L4,L5 fusion has anyone had new problems after fusion.


  • Hi. I am a relative newcomer to this forum and information, but I had a l4l5 PLIF and one of the things both my surgeons told me was that a fusion puts additional pressure on the other vertebra so problems can develop over time with them. I think it sounds like yours have developed quickly, but it seems a conservative approach in the first instance sounds sensible. I got 13 years out of conservative approach before I needed surgery so it certainly bought me extra time. Good luck
  • I had a fusion of L4-5 in February, the pressure from this caused L3-4 to herniate. I had L3-4 fused in June. My NS told me its from the pressure of my existing fusion. My L5-S1 was already herniated a little but the fusion above it caused it to rupture. I am going to NS in January to discuss another fusion.

    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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