Thought I'd post again here as it has been a wealth of information in the past. I am now 7 months post ALIF l5-s1 I had been seeing very very slow gradual improvement. Most of the discomfort residing in my left side of my back as a dull aching sensation and a tight gripping sensation in my legs but 'no' sciatic symptoms to speak of. I had been pronounced statistically and technically fused.
About 10 days ago, I noticed a bit of an uptick in discomfort in my back. No big deal right? Well it has been accompanied with a periodic severe stabbing pain down my left leg into the ball of my foot. This happens a couple times a day always when I am sitting and lasts from a minute to 30minutes or so. It is quite different from the sciatic symptoms I experienced pre surgery. I cannot point to a specific event or activity that brought this on. Needless to say, I am concerned and also it has spurned a bout of as I thought I was recovering.
Has anyone experienced something similar that happened this far out from their fusion with no real reason? I will see my surgeon as well but now that I am done from surgery the last two visits he has been less responsive. It would help before I do to have additional perspective.[/QUOTE]
It's not uncommon to have bouts of pain after back surgery. I had a single level fusion in 2004 and it was 14 months later before I stopped having pain that was similar to before surgery. Like tetonteri said lower lumbar fusion changes the way that muscles react to movement.
I just had a 2-level fusion 9 months ago and I've had numerous times of pain. There's been days and weeks that I felt pretty good but also days that I didn't want to get out of the bed. I just recently am having the same mid back burning sensation and right leg pain that I had 11 months ago. I'm seeing my spine specialist next week and I know I'll have a x-ray done but expect to hear that it's only inflammation. It's something we all have to deal with as back sufferers. Our backs will never be as strong as they once were.
I've been depressed before too. But remember, there is people that are a whole lot worse off than you or me. I don't want to seem harsh but I've had 6 back surgeries and I''ve always tried to keep a positive outlook. Take it easy for awhile. You will be okay. Keep us informed.