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Pain after a lumbar fusion, discectomy and laminectomy.

Mar 09, 2015 4:15 PM

Does anyone have experience with this operation?
I had this op 5 weeks ago and am disappointed to find my annoying leg numbness and pins and needles down the leg and foot are still there.

Mar 09, 2015 5:08 PM

I had that operation in 2009. The first week or so after the operation it all looked promising but then I went down hill quite quickly. Not sure if I pushed myself too much but I was told to walk as much as I could while recovering so a few days after the operation I started to walked a mile or so at a time, several times a day. Then all of a sudden the pain set in worse than ever in the back and I have been in extreme pain in many different locations ever since.

The surgeon says the operation was a success since the objectives were met and I survived with no infection. But my life has been altered permanently and no one can figure out why I am in so much pain. The surgeon says its likely from scar tissue and he could operate to remove the scar tissue but that would create its own scar tissue and I may end up being worse off. My GP thinks the nerves were damaged so bad by the original injuries from bulging disks that they won't recover and are in a permanent state of hyper activity and believing they are in pain. I have severe leg and feet pain and my low back is nothing less than agonizing. Its screwed my life up and there doesn't seem to be any solution.

I take endless amounts of pain killers and nerve blockers which help a bit but not enough to allow me to return to a normal life. I had a successful career and active life before hand but now I can't even work at the simplest of jobs.

I hope your results turn our much better than mine. Good luck.

Mar 16, 2015 1:20 PM

Oh dear. You must be very disappointed. Fortunately for me , I am improved pain wise, but still feeling the numbness and tingling in my leg and foot from the compressed nerves. The surgeon says it may improve over time as the swelling diminishes.

Mar 16, 2015 6:46 PM

Bluejess, I had that surgery on my neck in 1992 & 1995. If I'm remembering correctly (age, time, fibro-fog) I had pain for several months following the second year but it slowly & gradually improved. I think it took almost 2 years, but I still have nerve pain now and then. I thinks its because of more continued damaged discs.

Sep 24, 2015 1:05 AM

I'm going in for an l4-5 fusion in October. DDD with a herniation. PT only made my pain worse and so did the injections. I'm planning on staking it as easy as I can to not over do it like I susually do. I read for recovery you should only be walking about an hour a day right after. Not sure in the timeframe though.

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