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Posted in: Back pain, Chronic pain, and Surgery.

Post surgical pain a year later

Started by Geitz1965 on 03/03/2019 8:44pm

I had lumbar spinal fusion and discectomy May of 2017 the pain I'm experiencing now is way worse than the pain I had before surgery. The pain is sometimes a burning sensation but most times it's a sharp constant pain and I am having trouble walking. All I hear from the drs is the xrays look fine

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Hi Geitz1965,

We are sorry to hear your pain is worse almost 2 years after lumbar surgery than before and you are having difficulty walking. No doubt, it must be frustrating your doctor says your x-rays look fine yet you don’t feel fine.

Your situation reminds us of what Dr. Harrop, a SpineUniverse editorial board member, said in reply to questions patients ask about back pain after surgery. ( I'm in Pain Now—Is My Spine Surgery to Blame? ) Maybe something in the article will benefit you.

We sincerely hope you find a resolution to your pain soon! And thanks for taking time to share your experience.


Dear geitz1965,
I am so sorry that you are still in pain. I’m new to this forum so I’m not quite sure how it works but here goes. I’m hoping to hear of some successful outcomes to spinal fusion surgery so I don’t feel so hopeless. I had a minimally invasive laminectomy and decompression of one vertebrae a year ago for spinal stenosis and the recovery was nothing. I was up and around as soon as I got home. The pain started to recur acout 8 months later so I had another mri and the doctors said that due to scoliosis, the L3,4,5 &S1 vertebrae we’re weakening and needed to be fused to avoid future and worsening damage. After reading all the negatives about spinal fusion and talking to the doctor I decided to go ahead with the fusion. I would say my pain level prior to surgery was totally intermittent and on a scale of 1-10 about a 3. Now I am beginning the 3rd week of recovery and I have never had so much pain in my life. The surgery part seems to be recovering but I now have a swollen, excruciatingly painful foot that cannot be touched by anything, even just a sheet. I never had anything like this in my life. I don’t have diabetes or any other health problems so this is directly due to the surgery. They gave me a dose of prednisone and gabapentin that I have been on for 3 days now. It truly feels like my life has been stolen from me and I will never be able to be normal again. I know this isn’t exactly a response to your post, it’s more like my own post, but as I said, I don’t exactly know how this community works. I sincerely hope that you can get relief from your pain and that I can too. Sometimes it feels like if it would stay like this forever, quality of life would be so bad that going on would be questionable. I’m hoping to hear some encouraging comments though, instead of all the bad ones. There must be some people who actually had a good outcome who possibly went through a difficult recovery.