6923774 tn?1386124006

Fusion L4 L5 S1

I had my L4 L5 S1 Fusion on July 9th 2013,  I felt pretty good for the first 2 months, we went camping in our trailer the end of July and again in August did a little waking, but mostly relaxed in my lounge chair it was nice. September started PT on October 12 went in to my surgeons office for my 3 month check up and was told then I could do anything now, ride my quad, go hiking, pretty much anything ,so I kept pushing in it with walking about 1/4 mile, PT, rode my quad a couple of times and about two weeks later I was back in his office because I started hurting in my lower back, hips and had pain going down my legs. All he could tell me was "It's nothing to do with the surgery" and "he didn't know what was going on".  Wow! I was speachless.  My surgeon said I could go get injections, try chiropratic and/or PT and pretty much have a good day Wow! I told him I was going to PT that he was the one that wrote the perscription for me to go " Oh he says"  I walked out of the office feeling like he just dropped the ball. In November the pain increased so much I have been taking pain meds 4 X a day. It's December still in pain hurts to stand or walk very long finally, I have an appointment to see a Dr. in the same practice for injections and/or possibly an MRI, CT scan.  I beginning  to think I was better off living on injections then having this surgery.  I would like to know if anyone else has experienced these problems after this type of surgery? I just don't know what to think.
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351246 tn?1379682132
I am sorry to hear about your medical problems. Post spinal fusion surgery, you need to get physiotherapy for months (almost for a year at times) before the back and spine is good enough to take any pressure. So travelling in a trailer, walking for long etc could have put strain on your back.
Please rest your back. Do physiotherapy and ask whether massage therapy, spinal manipulation, traction etc will help. Also ask whether you need EMG/NCV studies apart from MRI.
Sometimes the fusion is not complete and the pain can be due to hardware. Please ask your doctor regarding this as well. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
6923774 tn?1386124006
Thank you for your advice.  I had an MRI Dec 9th, 2013  wo and w contrast,  all the findings were normal.  I got in to see my Dr. on  Dec 10, 2013 he  said I have nerve scarring, post laminectomy syndrome of lumbar region I guess this is called failed back surgery. My Dr. chose to do 2 lumbosacral spinal injections I hope this will help.  What do you mean the fusion not complete?

The surgery I had was an anterior interbody fusion.
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