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Recovery From Lumbar L3 Fusion

Greetings to all,

I had a level 3 L4-S1 Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion and laminectomy March 26th, 2013 and still in much pain around hips and lumbar back muscles.I have spasms all day and I have been in PT twice for my back.The physical therapist said I have some muscle atrophy and scar tissue.

My surgeon said he will give me a stretching test in April after I have reached my pain plateau.I was taken off of pain MEDs at 6 months and my physical therapist was able to get me a tens unit, but considerable pain is still present and the more I stand, walk, sit-up the more pain I have and currently 3hours is my limit, it is difficult to turnover in bed and I rarely get good sleep..I had to take a disability retirement from my job and beyond worried.I have had injections in both sI joints and with no relief. So my question is,in march it will be 12 months since my fusion and if something is wrong, what can it be?



  • RTgirl2011RRTgirl2011 Posts: 508
    edited 02/19/2014 - 11:36 AM
    A fusion is tool meant to stabilize the spine and there is no guarantee of pain relief. Many doctors leave that part out. Its been two years since my fusions and I still have extreme pain. I talked to the surgeon about having a SCS trial. The trial was successful and I am having the permanent implant surgery tomorrow.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • What is SCS?
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,699
    edited 06/23/2014 - 7:45 AM


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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