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Foot & toe problems after Spinal Fusion
I had a spinal fusion 6 weeks ago at 1 level: L5 S1. About 3 weeks after surgery I developed pain in my right foot,ankle and calf. I have tingling and harsh burning in my toes and nothing soothes it. I dip my foot in a cold bowl of water it hurts so bad. My right buttock hurts. I called my neuro and he did a Cat Scan on Jan 2nd said that there is a tiny "splinter" that splintered off from the bone he put in that could possibly be causing this. Is this a common thing to occur after a spinal fusion? Could a little splinter be causing me this much discomfort? And the discomfort gets worse at night. All pre existing problems prior to surgery are gone but I am left with this horrid nerve pain. Pain meds do not help it. I am on neurontin 4 x a day. My question: is this common that a person gets a splinter? Or could it be one of my screws touching a nerve? Neuro wants to go in and take splinter out and perhaps take the screws out while he is in there. My other question: how long do you need those screws in place to assure the fusion has taken? Please help
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