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Fusionman my fusion posterior L4L5S1 with screws and bone from my pelvis was done 25 yrs ago. I loss too much blood and ran a very high fever for several days after surgery. For the first week I was in and out of it in a lot of pain. My surgeon did not know what was going on and was very concerned. They gave me an additional blood transfusion 7 days after surgery because I was getting worse not better and my dear husband thought that he might lose me. The transfusion did the trick and I recovered enough after 3 weeks to go home.

The leg pain during the first 3 months was off the charts. I couldn't put any weight on it and as I said I was confined to bed most of the time. Percodan was the drug given for pain relief then and it did not touch the sciatica. At 3 months I remember calling the doctor but the only thing he could say was that it would eventually get better but he really didn't know what was going on. Those were the days of myleograms as ct scans and mri's didn't exist. Slowly over a period of a year I got better. The rigid back spasms subsided and my waist returned to normal. I then had 5 good years with only 1 or 2 "back attacks".

During the sixth year after recovery I started back again with chronic sciatica but it never got as bad as the pre surgery level until a few years ago. Now I am disabled due to adjacent levels going.

Remember my surgery was a long time ago and techniques were quite different. Recovery time even without my complications was more lengthy. My fusion is solid. A young surgeon looking at it now was quited impressed with how good it looked.

Try not to get too discouraged as some of us are just unfortunate to have postsurgical nerve pain for quite some time. I will say one thing that the anti-seizure medications (Neurontin, Lyrica, Topamax) can do wonders for nerve pain and they were not available until recently. Lyrica has worked the best for me but they have to get the dosage right.

Good luck and I do hope that you begin to feel better soon.