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I am taking an [U][I]un-scientific [/I][/U]poll. To those of you who have undergone lumbar fusion surgery: I know that everyone is different and results vary with different people, procedures and areas fused, but please bare with me.

After surgery, did you experience nerve pain in your leg(s)?

Was that pain different then your initial pain? if so, how? (burning, cold, tingly, numb or whatever)

Were you given steroids for your nerve pain? if so, did they work and how long did it take for them to work?

Was your nerve pain accompanied with swelling in the affected area? Color changes?

Most important- How long did this pain last? Did it ease up and eventually go away?, Did your pain ever get worse?, Did it spread? Did it change in any way?(from burning to cold, etc...).

I thank you all very much for your help with this, I am just trying to get a better grasp on this issue. I have looked for answers on the Internet with no real success, and my GP has no idea about nerve pain, my surgeon has not talked to me personally (yet) but gave my GP no ideas.
I would just like to get some idea on how common these symptoms are.
Thanks for your time:)


Porter:wave: :wave: :wave:
Hi Porter,

I feel so bad that your having to deal with this crap, alongside your fusion surgery.

After my Fusion, I experienced alot of burning pain in my left leg, going into my foot. I could barely touch my foot, my shoes killed me. My Dr. said it was nerve pain. He rx'd me Neurontin. It was like a miracle worker. I would say within a couple of days to a week (don't remember exactly) my pain was GONE!! I did have swelling accompanied in my ankle and foot. My pain did change at times, like my foot would hurt to walk, but no burning. Then other times my leg would be hurting and burning in my foot. Going to sleep at night...ha, big joke, my legs and feet hurt just to touch each other. Thats where the amatryptline (sp) came in handy.

I took neurontin for about 17 months and have now weaned off of it. I still have leg pain, but I believe that it's do to my L5-S1 issues that I have now. I don't know if it's related to me not fusing at the L4-5 level though.

Anyway, I do hope that you can get to the bottom of what's going on soon!! Take care Porter, my thoughts and prayer are with you,

Bernie
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]HI Porter,
I'm so sorry your still having this problem, I had 4 fusion surgeries inthe a lil over the past 3 yrs. the 3rd & 4th ones were within 4 days of each other, the nerve pain I had after the 3rd one was the worst pain I had EVER EVER experienced, now remember I had already had two fusion, the burning, stabbing, hyper sensitive, pain in my foot & leg. They put me on IV steroids and I had the 4th surgery, the IV roids worked extremely fast and I was on that until a day or two before I went hom, they then put me on neurontin I started out on 1500 mg a day and it has increased with in the last year to 2700mg a day which I'm still on to this day and still have nerve damage pain but it has been tolerable up intil the last few months. It has gotten worse and not have some syptoms in my right side too. I've been diagnosed with failed back syndrome and refferred to a PM dr.

Please dont' just settle with being ignored, your worth way more than that type of treatment. I pray you find relief soon.

Good Luck

God Bless

Carol[/COLOR]
[QUOTE=muffystuff;2793892]I had a lumbar fusion about five months ago. I have no remaining nerve pain--some cropped up in my upper thighs for three months after the surgery. I hadn't had that before. My surgeon assured me it was just the nerves healing--and, sure enough, it's gone.

I don't frequent this site because the discussions here tend to depress me--and this site scared the he*l out of me pre-surgery. I had three major spinal surgeries in a year, and I'm at about 80%. It's getting better every day. I'm pain free--most days--and have some fatigue still.

Not every lumbar surgery ends badly--and other peoples' experience (past post surgery tips, etc.) isn't always instructive. Talk to your doctor, get a second, third, however many you need, opinion and find a surgeon you trust. Discuss the surgery with them, and then bite the bullet if you have to have it. Freaking yourself out with informal polls or reading the posts of folks who have had bad surgeries or rough recoveries isn't gonna make you more or less likely to succeed.

I don't mean to be nasty or anything--but you can do yourself a real disservice on these boards. Best of luck to you.[/QUOTE]

Hi Muffy and thanks for your reply. I guess when I posted this I was not thinking and just assumed everyone knew my story, my fault for the confusion.
I did have a level 2 fusion on Jan 10th (L4/L5/S1) and the reason I wrote this post is because since waking from surgery, I have had severe leg and foot pain. I know it is normal to have nerve pain post surgery, but this goes beyond what I understand is "normal". I was treated 2 weeks after the surgery with a Medrol pack that the surgeon assured me would alleviate the pain, it didn't. I was prescribed another round of steroids again to calm the nerve, and again it failed. I also have swelling and discolor if my foot. My pain is mostly burning, but occasionally turns icy. The pain is constant and has landed me back in the hospital for 3 days this week. My surgeon (who is 5 hours away) has talked to my GP and I am now wearing a fentanyl patch. There have been some other symptoms that I have experienced as well such as incontinence and leg weakness that seems to be growing, that has the Drs concerned a bit. My GP and surgeon want me to wait another week to see if there is any relief at all before scheduling a CT scan.
My questionnaire was simply to find out how common nerve pain is post lumbar fusion surgeries. I apologize for the confusion, and I do thank you for your response on your symptoms post surgery, it is assuring when people tell me that thier nerve pain eventually went away, it sounds like you have been really cursed with back problems as well, 3 surgeries in a year? I cant imagine having to go through that, God Bless you:angel: . I hope that you will soon be 100%
Thanks again

Porter:wave:
[QUOTE=Porter107;2792833]I am taking an [U][I]un-scientific [/I][/U]poll. To those of you who have undergone lumbar fusion surgery: I know that everyone is different and results vary with different people, procedures and areas fused, but please bare with me.

After surgery, did you experience nerve pain in your leg(s)?

Was that pain different then your initial pain? if so, how? (burning, cold, tingly, numb or whatever)

Were you given steroids for your nerve pain? if so, did they work and how long did it take for them to work?

Was your nerve pain accompanied with swelling in the affected area? Color changes?

Most important- How long did this pain last? Did it ease up and eventually go away?, Did your pain ever get worse?, Did it spread? Did it change in any way?(from burning to cold, etc...).

I thank you all very much for your help with this, I am just trying to get a better grasp on this issue. I have looked for answers on the Internet with no real success, and my GP has no idea about nerve pain, my surgeon has not talked to me personally (yet) but gave my GP no ideas.
I would just like to get some idea on how common these symptoms are.
Thanks for your time:)


Porter:wave: :wave: :wave:[/QUOTE]
I clicked on your link uni-scientic and it wouldn't open up.
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Hello ,
My first surgery I had no leg pain. After the dug out my old hardware is when the leg/hip/feet pain started , after my 3rd surgery it has gotten horibbly worse.

The pain was a numb to start , then jolts down my back and buttox. then it worked it's way to my legs and feet. Feels like a burning at first then it turns to a crushing pain that you just want to curl up and die or cut your foot off. Meds don't touch it at times.

I was giving epidurals 2 to be exact with no help , then Facet injection for my hip pain , 2 set's of them like 5 injections on each side. THEN I recieved a selective nerve root injection that last a month and a half. Then I recieved 2 after that, that didn't help at all ? Srtange ? I was feeling great to,

No, no swelling or color changes in my area. Just pain

I must be one of the hand picked people to have to live this way , I'm going to try the nerve burning and if that doesn't help I'm getting the spinalcord stimultor implant. I need off my meds ASAP.

Sorry my story is so horrible but it's very true and everyone isn't like me so don't worry yourself crazzy.
I'll be praying for you :) [/B][/SIZE][/COLOR]





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