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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?

Started by Sassiee1 on 05/28/2010 3:53am

Hi,
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.

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Hi,
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 is all that it is and it will resolve itself in a few days. I sometimes feel like this is a nightmare that won't ever end.

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I had a spinal Fusion done L5-s1 with a matrix bone graft on 4/5/2010, exactly at two weeks post op my legs blew up like water balloons. my PCP put my on lasix 25 mg, but this crap is spewing edema like the Gulf Oil spill in both legs. They are still trying to pinpoint the original source but its looking like its the bone matrix graft spewing big protein and my body is mad. lol NO sciatic nerve pain, just the wackyness of the edema. now going on 8 weeks.

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I had a herniated disc on L5/S1 and have now had 4 surgeries because some screws were pinching my nerve. I now have a spinal cord stimulator which has done nothing for me. I will have the battery changed to a different brand in hopes that the new battery will cover more area and hopefully give me some relief. I, too, have had the nerve endings burned twice to no avail in addition to nerve blocks and trigger point injections. I, too have been living a nightmare with no end in sight.
If anyone knows of any clinical trials, please let me know. My husband is willing to take me anywhere even if it means going to a different state and/or country.

Please help!!

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