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Muscle Pain after iFuse

Hello Everyone, 

My problems seem trivial after I read these comments. My heart goes out to all. 

I am 56 and was in a car accident 17 years ago. While I was often sore on my right side, I lived an active and normal life. Over the last three years I have thrown out my back several times, and my SI join paint got much worse. I started doing alot of yoga which stabilized my back, but I could not sit for more than 5 minutes without pain. I did wear an SI belt which brought relief when sitting, but still difficult. I have been to three neuros and three pain management Dr. who basically focused on injections. No one advocated for iFuse, I had to seek it out. 

I had my procedure 5 weeks ago. I am pleased to say that the pain from the SI itself is almost entirely gone. I was hobbling around in days and walking without a limp in 2 weeks. I barely needed crutches. My incision is closed and not painful. I took pain meds for only one day. 

However the muscles above the SI and to the left of it (I believe primarily the piriformis) are very fired up. They were the source of pain before, and they may be a smidge worse. I believe that they are baring the burden of the additional load. My Dr. thought it would get better and said it took an entire year for the fusion to fully take. So overall I think I have had a successful outcome, but I feel maybe 30% better and I was hoping for 80%. Does anyone else have similar symptoms and what has your experience been?



  • hi marcismyname

    welcome to spine-health

    great news that you have got through your surgery.  recovery can take a lot of patience with any fusion procedure.  you will find lots of members experiences of surgery and recovery in surgery buddies groups, under 'forum topics'.  please link to an active group by adding a comment.  you can also use older groups for research purposes, as there is a lot of reading material in those as well.

    five weeks is very early in recovery, so you will find your body takes time to settle down and adjust to the fusion surgery.

    good luck with your recovery and hope you find spine-health as useful as i have.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research on spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




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