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L5 S1 fusion, new pain 3 months after surgery

I underwent an L5 S1 fusion and disk decompression and cage insertion a week before Christmas 2014, I returned to work 9 weeks after the surgery with no pain under the impression I was completely fixed, but 2 weeks after that , after a strenuous day (completing a resuscitation at work) I started to get pain, it started as a dull throb and it's just got worse and worse to a mega throb, to the point where I'm back on Buprenorphine just to get through the working day, I haven't seen the surgeon since treatment and my post op is still a month away. Anyone experienced this and if so can you give me any idea what it could be, I'm dreading I may have broken something or fusion has failed, I don't think I could face revision surgery.


  • I had the same surgery 2 years ago, and it has been a constant new pain journey. The levels above and below your fusion now have more stress on them, and you are also still in the early days of fusing. I can't tell you how many xrays and mri's I had, thinking I damaged something.

    You went back to work a lot faster than I did. It also sounds like you overdid it a bit. Hard not to sometimes, but try to take it easier. You have a long way to go.
  • Gosh that fills me with dread, I was totally pain free until I went back to work, most would probably say I should change my job, but I'm a nurse and I do love it! I do now think maybe I went back to work too early, maybe I should try and calm things down, did you have a lot of swelling? I seem to be odeamatous around my middle, did you experience this? that's why I'm wondering if I've snapped something.
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  • I am a nurse also, had the same surgery 4 weeks ago. Did u do,rehab ? Theresa
  • No Theresa I didn't have any rehab, I did see a physio and they were concerned about the amount of numbness I had in one of my legs so the sessions were stopped, with them requesting an urgent appointment to see the surgeon. I think that's the one I will going to in a months time!!! So no pretty rubbish after care and no rehab.
  • So I never did any after mine. As for swelling, there must have been alot because I was attached to my heating pad constantly! So much so that I scorched the capillaries in my butt and back! Not pretty!

    I definitely would ease back a bit, at least until you have seen the surgeon
    There have been cases of hardware problems after surgery.
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  • Nightnurse74NNightnurse74 Posts: 6
    edited 04/12/2015 - 6:40 AM
    Yeah I know I need to calm it down as I'm definitely not going to recover, I've decided to pay to see a neuro surgeon next week if I can find a surgeon., I need some answers! Have you returned to normal now has the swelling completely gone?
  • Pretty much normal, at least a new normal! It has been 2 years and I work and exercise and pretty much do what I want but I know I am on meds for life. No way around it. If I overdo it, I pay for a couple of days but ok daily.
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