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In Dec 2008 I had a L5 SI laminectomy and then proceeded to reherniate the same disc a few months later. I ended up having a spinal fusion in Nov 2009. I am 6 months post op and developed leg pain a couple of months ago. To address my leg pain, my doctor put me on gabapentin (sp?) to block the pain. I am scheduled for an MRI to make sure that I have not herniated the disc above my spinal fusion.
Has anyone had leg pain after lumbar spinal fusion surgery?
[COLOR="Navy"]You're not alone in this. It's not uncommon that leg pain erupts after a fusion. usually it happens when the nerves are swollen after surgery. As the swelling goes down you have nerve pain. The nerves are irritated during surgery and it takes time for this to abate. It may also signal that you some nerve damage. the med that your doc has you on is used for nerve pain. Hang in there, with time it may abate.. [/COLOR]
[QUOTE=j9jones;4254522]In Dec 2008 I had a L5 SI laminectomy and then proceeded to reherniate the same disc a few months later. I ended up having a spinal fusion in Nov 2009. I am 6 months post op and developed leg pain a couple of months ago. To address my leg pain, my doctor put me on gabapentin (sp?) to block the pain. I am scheduled for an MRI to make sure that I have not herniated the disc above my spinal fusion.
Has anyone had leg pain after lumbar spinal fusion surgery?[/QUOTE]

I had a laminetomy March 30, 2010 and my leg pain started immediately. It is now June 6th and the pain keeps getting worse. The doctor has incresed the gabapentin 100 mg 3 times a day to 300 mg 3 times a day. So far this med had not helped at all. We are now trying Diazepan 5 mg twice a day. This medicine is a muscle relaxer and a anti anxiety but makes you really drowiness.

Is there any thing that can help?
[QUOTE=j9jones;4254522]In Dec 2008 I had a L5 SI laminectomy and then proceeded to reherniate the same disc a few months later. I ended up having a spinal fusion in Nov 2009. I am 6 months post op and developed leg pain a couple of months ago. To address my leg pain, my doctor put me on gabapentin (sp?) to block the pain. I am scheduled for an MRI to make sure that I have not herniated the disc above my spinal fusion.
Has anyone had leg pain after lumbar spinal fusion surgery?[/QUOTE]

Well, I am ONLY 16 days post L5-S1 abdominal fusion surgery, so I'm guessing this leg pain is normal. I will see the surgeon on Monday.I've been on Gabapentin for about 6 months, pre and post surgery, along with other meds. My legs feel like they weigh 100lbs each. Sometimes they tingle, sometimes a little numb, but mostly just painful. I'll let you know what the surgeon says. So many possibilities: inflamed nerves after surgery, scar tissue, and God lnly know what else!
At 16 days post o you can expexct symptoms to resurface or to feel new symptoms. After surgery, as your body heals, there is occasional swelling which in turn aggravates or impinges on nerves. Monitor your symptoms and if they are manageable with medication give tthem time to pass. But if you get any symptoms that are severe then be sure to notify your doctor.
I'm 4 months after surgery and developed pain in the back of my legs, feels like my hamstrings are going to rip. A little hip pain and butt. The doctor said wait 6 months now I'm thinking I have sciatica problems
3 months after my spinal fusion I was unable to walk because I could not put any weight on my foot. The nerves just went crazy. It was severe sciatica. That was many years ago and my surgery was complicated but still everyone is different and sometimes scar tissue can also irritate the nerves.
Yes terrible leg pain. I have a lot of scar tissue where the fushion was done. I am taking Cymbalta and it seems to work. I take it at night at bed time. I all so am taking Tranadol for pain.

Recently I got a second opinion. The doctor said to take pilates, a stretching class for the leg pain. I take the class at my local gym. The leg pain is just as bad as it was before surgery. I have a lot of scar tissue where the incision was made.

I am in Florida now where I had to surgery in March. The Michigan doctor told me the surgeron in Florida went to far with the surgery. I will probably have to see the Michigan for another surgery to correct and clean up the surgery received in Florida.

I hope this is helpful.





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