I had fusion surgery on L5-S1 in Jan '11, a disc was also replaced. I recovered fairly well and went back to work after 6 weeks. I am 47 now, and my right leg sciatica pain has started all over, my right foot tingles a lot like it's "asleep". My back has never really been pain free, but in the last few weeks the pain in my lower back and right leg has returned to a "8-9" level. After an MRI, I have found out that my fusion only grew half way. They used a manufactured bone. On any given day, at any time, I can hear and feel popping and movement in my spine, in the surgical area. The doctor says nothing has moved or broken. My neurosurgeon says the only way to fix this is to go in from the front, remove all of the screws and pins, and start over. A second opinion has confirmed this. Has anyone had this popping and movement? If so, did you have another surgery and did it help? Unless there is a compelling reason to have surgery (i.e., paralysis, floppy foot) I really don't feel comfortable with another surgery. I do suffer on a daily basis, I take 10mg of Vicodin three times a day with about 2500 mg of Tylenol added to really get about 10 mins of relief each time. Sleeping is very difficult and requires Trazadone to help me stay asleep. I simply don't want to waste all of the time away from family fun (what little I can have) and work if the surgery is going to be a futile effort.View Thread
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