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L5/S1 fusion 7/15/16 - my experience and some questions

Greetings, my name is Ben, 41yo male, long time lurker, first time poster.  As the title says, I had my L5/S1 fused about 2 weeks ago after being diagnosed with an annular tear.  During the procedure the surgeon elected not to install the posterior hardware, only the disc was replaced via anterior approach.  Unfortunately I have seen absolutely zero improvement so far.  The pain and sciatica I was experiencing prior to surgery is still present and now I have an ongoing headache in the back of my skull that gets fairly severe, especially when I lay down.  Has anyone experienced this?  I'm getting frustrated and am starting to second guess my decision to have gone through with the operation.  My first post-op visit is in a few days, hopefully the surgeon can offer up some solutions.  In the meantime any advice or experience you can share is appreciated. 


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  • I'm Don, 64 yo male, and had anterior L5-S1 fusion with posterior hardware 5 weeks ago for spondy causing left leg pain.  Leg pain is gone and I can walk pain free as long as I want. Just two weeks post op, though I was still on pain meds, muscle relaxers and moving real slow with more back soreness as compared to back muscle pain. See what your surgeon says in a few days and stay positive.  Good luck!
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello cyn1cal !
    Welcome to Spine-Health
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello ugatha !
    Welcome to Spine-Health
    Please click on link for helpful information!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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