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Sorry you've had to go through so much...I was only L5/S1 fusion with laminectomy and discectomy. I started having hip pain about a month after my surgery. For me, it was both hips and sort of deep in the hip, like the joint. There was another man at pt at the same time as me who also had this type of surgery and was having hip pain. If your pain is in the front of your hip, it may be something as simple as your hip flexor. When the hip flexor gets tight, it's extremely painful - I had that happen too. For me, I would sort of press on the area that hurts and almost wait for it to pass. The flexor would hurt most when lifting the knee on that leg when stepping. It almost felt it was going to pop . Continue to look into it. Sometimes it's a matter of the fact that you are using your body differently now. Perhaps your hips are doing more work than they used to. Stretching and staying loose is really important. Don't over do either, your body will tell you when it's enough and if you don't listen you'll pay for it for days afterwards! Good luck and I don't know if I was any help at all, but hope you feel better.
Good memory. Yes, my last surgeon told me that.

Also the lower lumbar segments seem to cause hip pain when operated on...particularly L5-S1 (in my observation and experience) but also L4-L5. There are a number of reasons for this and so many people complain of hip pain post lower lumbar surgery.
[QUOTE=teteri66;5130408]Good memory. Yes, my last surgeon told me that.

Also the lower lumbar segments seem to cause hip pain when operated on...particularly L5-S1 (in my observation and experience) but also L4-L5. There are a number of reasons for this and so many people complain of hip pain post lower lumbar surgery.[/QUOTE]


Did your surgeon give you any explanation for why the bone removal causes more pain?
The flippant answer would be "which surgery?" It never went away after the first surgery I ever had ([email protected]L5). It went away briefly with my second surgery but returned after about the 10th day, and it went away after the 4th day after my most recent surgery (posterior revision L3-S1).. It has not returned, BUT it would have if I had done normal PT or any type of normal (customary) rehab. I went at it at a snail's pace so as to completely avoid causing any flare up of sciatic pain.

As I mentioned, I had SIJ issues and psoas issues...maybe piriformis issues for the first year of recovery...but it was not sciatic pain. It was confined to feeling like "hip" pain and very low sacral pain.
I have thought of going for an EMG. I'd like to know if the back pain which I've had for 7 years was only from the facet joint and the synovial cyst at L4-L5, or from another area of compression. I also have some possible issues at L5-S1 on the MRI with a foraminal herniation and a bone spur.

My sciatic leg, hip and foot pain is gone since my cyst removal, but my lower back pain remains. I don't know if it just needs more time to heal or if there's another issue that should be dealt with.





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