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Pain after Spinal Fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in New Member Introductions

I am new to this. I recently had a 2 level fusion, L4, L5 & SL
6 weeks ago. I recently developed numbness and pain in the right leg along with stabbing pain in the left leg and my back in the surgical area. Can anyone please tell me what is it that I am experiencing?

Thank you,

Phil. :(


  • Sorry you are experiencing that pain. I also had fusion L-4,L-5,S-1. The symptoms you are explainig are exactly what I had. I originally had nerve damage on the left leg prior to fusion. Soon after surgery I experienced it down my right leg as well.

    I am a year and a half out from surgery and am doing ok. I had a difficult recovery and I hate you are experiencing some complications. You just need more time. Don't push yourself. Just take it easy. God Bless!
  • Phil, hello and welcome. I'm sorry for the pain you're having.
    I also had the same surgery as you had 8 months ago. I certainly suggest you contact your dr and see what he has to say! Maybe he'll want to take MRI or something. I had sudden pains in my right leg after surgery and that's what the dr had me do just to make sure everythig is ok..
    Good luck to you and let's know what you're doing.

    Lotus :)
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  • It is very difficult because I am an Aerobic intructor, I am also teach Yoga and Pilate. I am fine when I am walking not pain at all, but the minute I get in bed every muscle in my body aches.

    I took a cold shower today hoping it would help. I know it's going to take a while, I had this problem for ten years now so it's not the end of the world.

  • Hi Lotus26,

    did the MRI revealed anything?
  • After you had the MRI and you saw your dr you said it showed nothing, Then did your dr give you any kind of meds to help you with the pain and numbness?

    Lotus :)
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  • I had a L4-5/S1 the last week of April and I'm having alot of leg and foot pain, they tell me it's just going to take time.
  • Hi Philly,

    I had the same problems as well. Doctor told told me "P'd off nerves". I think that's an official diagnosis for me. LOL

    I know its hard being in pain, always relay your pain messages to your doctor because they may have a medication or a specific PT exercise that will help calm it down. YOU are in PT right? I had PT and OT in the hospital and at home for the fist 2 months, then went to PT at a clinic when I was cleared to drive.

    Recovery from nerve pain is verrrry slow. My fusion was 03/2007, still not totally healed. Your only 6 wks out and are probably forming scar tissue and your nerves are still in full action from your surgery. Most doctors I have seen said the best thing is to walk, walk, walk.. Don't push yourself, do what you can do.

    Let us know how your doing. Hope to see you on the boards.
  • I'm sorry you are in so much pain, but I think what everyone else is saying is true, it just takes so much time to heal nerve pain. Isn't it the worse pain possible? Are you taking any meds specifically for nerve pain? I was told that the regular pain meds won't address nerve pain, also Ice is your friend as well.

    I wish you well and pray you get answers soon. Remember to be good to yourself and take it slow.

  • Phill no at that time it didn't show anything. Everything was as good as I was right after surgery... I think what triggered this for my is starting at the time PT at home and the therapist pushed me a bit much so dr stopped me from doing any at the time till about 4 weeks later I went for pt outside the home and it's the greatest thing I ever done and am still going for it...

    Lotus :)
  • Hi Philly. I hope the nerve pain is getting better. I suffered with nerve pain for almost 30 yrs before having my fusion and because of the nerve damage that I already had, it took a good 6 mos or more for the fusion to help me. My Dr. had said it would be aleast 4 and 1/2 mos before I'd know if my fusion took. Because it still wasn't good I again asked how long is it going to take? His replay was, since I'd had this problem for so many yrs, it was going to take longer to heal. I suppose out of the almost 4 yrs since having my fusion...I've had maybe a yr and a half of feeling better. My problem was always the horrible burning knife cutting pain in my left leg. And then following the fusion, I began having constant back pain...but, the leg pain got much better with time. Now, I've had horrible back pain since missing a step on a ladder back in Feb. My Dr. says I need another fusion one level above the other one! I'm telling you, once you have one fusion...more fusions seem to be necessary because of the stress put on the level above and below the fusion. Best of luck and take it easy. I never did any PT until at least a yr and 1/2. And then it made my leg pain start up again. It quit after I backed off from my excercises.
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