Had ALIF L-5 S-1 on 12/9/09 and then Rhizotomy on 2/12/10 and are now having Edema in ankles when sitting. Anyone else have this Problem?
I had anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery on L-5 S-1 back on 12/9/09 and it did basically nothing and 9 weeks post-op I was still having the same extreme pain like before the surgery only difference was now I had about a 3 inch incision a little below my stomach and two the left of it.. My neurosurgeon then did a medial branch block to determine if it was the nerve. Sure enough as soon as he did the injection my pain almost totally disappeared for about a day and a half. On 2/24/10 he did a Rhizotomy where they use a small scope and insert it through a very small incision to go in and burn the nerve endings. He didn't want to put me through another major surgery so he suggested we try the Rhizotomy as at that point I had nothing to loose even though it might not be a permanent solution. In early March I was cleared to start rehabilitative process. I was given a few pages of exercises to do and was sent on my way. Well to make a long story short when attempting to do one of the exercises at home I slipped off an exercise ball which thank goodness did no major damage but i was starting to have horrible pain again so once again the neurosurgeon did another medial branch nerve block to see if it was the facet joint and that made the pain 10 times worse so about a month ago I I was told that the pain is now all myofascial so I am now doing Physical Therapy and have a made a little progress, but for the last few days have had edema in my ankles when sitting. Made the mistake of letting Chiropractor adjust the knees and he pulled on them the other day so I am hoping that this will resolve itself in a few days. I sometimes feel like this is a nightmare that won't ever end.