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    Old 11-25-2005, 09:45 PM   #1
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    I've been dealing with a failed fusion, loose hardware, 2 herniations, OA, osteoporosis, stenosis and sciatica. I have been able to keep it under some sort of control by limiting my lifestyle, until insurance decides to cover a new fusion. But tonight, out of nowhere, I got a sharp pain in the groin area that lasted for about an hr. or so. I had never experienced anything like that before. Could that be symptom of something worsening?

    Thanks for all info.

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    Old 11-26-2005, 02:44 AM   #2
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    Re: Spine problems and now groin pain???

    You know I havent heard or personally experienced groin pain that is connected to spine problems. But i guess it depends on what levels were fused and if any more levels are involved. When you get down to the lower lumbar region along with the sacral region im guessing it could pull your groin muscles into the mix. I mean the other levels can create chest pain, sciatica, organ and muscle spasms, so the groin pain could have something do with those lower levels. Or it could be just some coincidence. You said you were dealing with loose hardware as well as a failed fusion. When did you become aware that the fusion was unsuccessful?? Were you in pain, or did it take xrays to prove it? How long post-op did you finally realize it wasnt going to happen? Also about the loose hardware...how does something like that come loose? Does it take years of strain, or can it just come loose? What does it feel like when it does? I'm trying to stay on top of my back problems because now going on 4 weekspost-op im starting to feel some of the pain i had before the surgery. I had surgery on T10-L1. ALthough xrays and mris show nothing wrong with the rest of my lumbar spine, it hurts as well. SO i was just wondering. And trying to get the facts together. Good luck with everything else. Keep a close watch on the groin pain, and if it happens again i would definitely bring it up with your spine specialist, he should be able to tell you if its something to worry about or not. Keep the Faith.

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    Old 11-26-2005, 08:59 AM   #3
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    Bictwin-thanks for the reply. They suspected that I did not fuse at 6 mo. when I suddenly started getting worse and the x rays showed no white "milky" spots on the sides of the vertabraes that were fused. But The Dr. said it was to soon to know for sure, since fusions can take up to a year to completely fuse. I had an Xray at 9 and 12 mo. and an MRI at 12 mo. That is when it was confirmed that the fusion had failed. The Xrays showed a possiblitlity of a loose screw, but the Dr. said it was very hard to tell off the films and he confirmed it by MRI. As for how it feels, Some days I feel nothing due to the screws and others it hurts to touch the area that they were put at. It can also hurts when I bend at that area because it becomes swollen. (But as you might have seen on another thread, swelling can also happen from over doing it).

    At 4 wks. it would be hard to tell what your pain is specificlly from, since it is normal to have quite abit of pain at that point anyway. I was calling my Dr. for the 1st 6 weeks complaining about the pain and he kept assuring me that I was just doing too much too soon. He kept me on meds. until 6 wks. and told me not to drive, twist, turn, lift more than 5lbs. and to walk twice a day at a slow pace, for 20-30 mins. each time. It will be normal for you to have pain from the muscles and nerves finding thier way back to some sort of normalcy, so to speak. That is why my Dr. would not Dx. me w/ failed fusion until the yr. mark...some people take longer than others to heal and to fuse.

    Please dont think too hard on these things until at least 6 mo. Studies have shown that a positive attitued helps a fusion and a negative one can hinder it. Go the next 4 months assuming that it is healing in a normal manner. When you see your Dr. mention the type of pain you are having, so it is on the record, but dont be suprised or disappointed if he tells you that you just need to give it more time. At my 6 mo. appt. he said I should not be in pain at that point. (At 3 mo. he told me it wasn't unheard of).

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    Old 11-26-2005, 09:26 AM   #4
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    Re: Spine problems and now groin pain???

    Just in case have your hip checked out. Groin pain is often associated with groin pain. Just because you have back problems doesn't mean that something else couldn't be going on. I have severe DDD but it so happens I also have degenerative hip arthritis.
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    Old 11-26-2005, 12:02 PM   #5
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    I have groin pain and a MRI said L3 had slipped out over L4. Instead of having surgery tho I had an spinal implaint done. I don't think it is working. Now I don't know what to do. They are suppose to send a Rep to come and reprogram it, but I don't think it will work. I'm in bad pain when I shop or just stand. That's why I let them go this route instead of surgery. I just hated to go threw it again. I've had 5 now. There comes a time when you have to stop, but the pain is hard to deal with.
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    Old 11-26-2005, 12:21 PM   #6
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    Hello
    I also have groin pain in my left testicle. This is because of a ligament in my back that is irritated because of my back problems. Before I had my 2nd back surgery (a disctectomy of L5-S1) I went to a urologist because of the pain in my left testicle. He could find nothing wrong. When I went in for my 3rd back surgery (fusion of L5-S1 with hardware) I asked the spine specialist why my testicle hurts or aches so much. He said it is becaue of a ligament in your back that gets inflamed because of your back. This ligament goes to our groin area. I do hope you feel better. I would also get this checked out. It might be something different.
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    Old 11-26-2005, 07:44 PM   #7
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    Thanks everyone. I will talk w/ my Dr. at my next visit...I am thinking that it has something to do w/ the imflamation I have at the L4-5 area. With all the holiday stuff I have become very inflammeded and sore.

    Thanks again for your input,

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    Old 11-26-2005, 07:52 PM   #8
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    Lori,

    The doc told me that when you have back/spine issues and surgery, that it changes the biomechanics of your body. So, if you look at a chart of the ligaments, from the front, in the groin area, you will see that there is a place where the back ligaments wrap around to the groin.

    I had gone in to see my GYN on several occasions and had sonigams, MRI's, etc and they never found anything. At no time did they mention back pain because they are now so specialized. When I went to my back doc, he was surprized that I had been to the GYN because it was obviously a torn ligament.

    Not to say that yours is. I was just making a point that the back has everything to do with the front.

    This is why I like DOs, Osteopaths. They look at the entire body.

    Was the pain directly to the left or right of your pubic bone? That would be the ligament that is from the back.

     
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