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5 months post op L4-S1 fusion

Started by richard21040 on 06/15/2010 11:21am

I'd like a little feedback if possble from anyone that has been in my situation. Double ALIF with hardware (2 plates and 8 screws, BMP gel inserts. At 3 montsh I showed no fusion, but thats not the issue I am dealing with. Since then My pain has been increasing steadly. The first few months I felt as if everything was perfect...pain was down and numbness in left leg also gone.
Unfortunatly and for no aparent reason, my pan levels have increased dramaticly n the last 6-8 weeks. Although the pain and numbness in my leg are gone, I am again getting some minor shooting pains but my back and buttocks are the real issue. Increases pain levels have brought me to a hault on my walking...now limiting myself to @1mile a day when 3 monts back i was easily walking 2-3miles.
I went to see my pain mgt Dr last week. He increased my morphine and said to give it time. When I asked if it was normal what I was experiancing, he responded no but its not abnormal and that I will probaly need "injections" aain both epidural as well as multiple facet.
Am I wrong to worry? I just want my life back. I want to camp and hike, I want to be able to hold my 3yr old baby again.
ANY insite anyone may have would be greatly apreciated.

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I don't know much about fusions have been through a diskectomy. But rather than the pain mgt doc, you should see your surgeon and they should have a new set of XRAYS/MRI/CT scans done to ensure all is well in there.

Stay positive, all will be well.


At my 3 month followup, i showed no fusion but all hardware seems intact according to the neuro surgen


I wanted to ask you about your at home care since your surgery. Did you need any care from Aides and for how long?