Severe leg and lower back pain after fusion
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Since: Oct 12
#1 Oct 12, 2012
Im a 36 yr old stay at home mom of two. I have a 16 yr old daughter, turning 17 in Novemer about to start SCAD. And I have a very active autistic 7 yr old son. In February 15, 2011 I had a spinal fusion L1/S5 (if i did that correct, im tired), with hardware done. This was done at home in Florida. Three months after my surgery I had to pack up and move to Ft. Stewart. My husband is AD Army and we had just recieved orders.
Before surgery I had severe lower back pain with minimal left leg pain for about 5 yrs. I had seen numerous doctors and had several xrays taken only to be told nothing was wrong. Then Feb 7, I visited an Ortho surgeon at the request of my PCP. My ortho did xrays of my spide sideways and found that my spine was badly curved. He stated I needed the surgery or I would be wheelchair bound within a year.
I am going on two yrs since surgery this coming Feb, and my leg pain is not only worse by 1000%, but is now in both legs and is all the way up to my hips. My lower back pain has as well increased significantly.
All of this increased pain did not just begin. It began soon after surgery. My ortho surgeon stated it would reside with time, only it has gotten worse.
Im now in PM in Savannah and am on 30mg of methadone a day, 30mgs of lortab a day and zanaflex. Ive been on it all for a year now, all of which has stopped helping. My new ortho surgeon does not believe I should be in this kind of pain so I am in search for a new one.
My question is, does anyone have any thought of what could be going on? My PM dr is useless other than writing scriots and i feel lost. I am in so much pain and most days cannot even stand or walk bc of the leg pain.:( i am miserable, my kids deserve a more active mother than this. I just want to be fixed.:(
Thank you and hugs.
Since: Oct 12
#2 Oct 12, 2012
#3 Nov 11, 2012
Hi I just had level 2 spinal surgery on 1nov2012 they fused L4/L5 & L5/S1 I'm only 24yrs old I seen 6 surgeons in Syd and all said the same thing to me that if I did not do surgery I would end up in a wheel chair within a year they ended up going through my stomach an done put a cage with 6screws my leg pain has gone u had pain in both legs my back Pain is still really sore but from what I know surgery is only suppose to get rid of the leg pain my surgeon was Dr Kahil in greenacre I found him to be the best out of all the surgerons I seen I'm still recovering but he said lucky I did my surgery when I did because my disc was crumbled in little pieaces he said another month or so would of not bee. Able to walk again
Since: Nov 12
Buenos Aires, Argentina
#4 Nov 25, 2012
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#5 Jun 3, 2013
Have another MRI done, that will tell you alot. I suffered for years and when I finally had an MRI done I found that not only did I have spinal stenosis from the surgery but my spinal fluid was leaking all over! Having another MRI done and then having it checked by another doctor is like checking up on your doctor.
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