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When will the pain end

I have had 5 surgeries since nov 2014. First was a discectomy at L4-L5, that got infected so they had to go in and clean that out. That was #2. Then I had discectomy at L5-S1, #3. Then the doc fused L5-S1, #4. Then fused L4-L5. After each surgery, something new would pop its head up. But after the first fusion, and I mean immediately, I awakened and had worse pain than when I went in. I had horrible, almost debilitating pain in my right calf and not as bad pain in left calf, I would say half as bad. I was tested negative for clots, so I had a CT, and it showed a lot of scar tissue that was pressing on the nerves. My surgeon also stated he noted a lot of instability in the joint of L4-L5, so the decision to fuse it was made. The first fusion was an anterior and posterior approach, and the second was just posterior. Well, I came out of this last surgery and felt pretty good. It was obviously still painful from the surgery, but for the most part my calf and foot pain was gone. Until two weeks post-op. Now it is back with a vengeance. It hurts to touch or squeeze my right calf and again the left is about half as bad, and now my feet hurt. Almost identical to Plantar fascitiis. I mean, what is going on? is this another injury? Or is this part of the healing process and with time the pain will go away? I realize nerves take time to heal. My last surgery was on 4-16-2015, so this is still relatively fresh, but come on. I am on strong meds since i have a high tolerance 80mg oxycontin twice daily and 8mg dilauded every 4 hours as needed. This was a work injury, which I will not be going back to anytime soon, I am a Paramedic/Firefighter, So my back does take abuse and needs to be healed so I can return to work. Boredom is not my friend. So, any input would be greatly appreciated.


  • I don't know what is causing your pain but I have read here that it takes a while to get to whatever the new normal will be. You are not even 1 month out. I understand that during this time, for some people the nerves that have been sleeping, tingling, numb are waking up and it is not unusual sometimes for pain to get worse before it gets better. Hope this helps...you will find lots of support here.

  • Thanks "IVYM" I hope that is the case. Frustrating for sure.
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