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Pain after spinal fusion
I got a spinal fusion from T1-L4 in 1992 for scoliosis and I have pain all the time.  Neck pain and terrible low back pain that shoots down my legs.   Sometimes its tolerable but other times its very severe.   I have degenerative disc disease at L4-S1 and a few disc bulges and herniations.   Im under the impression that the pressure from the bottom of the rods is causing the degenerative disc disease.   Doc wants to perform a lateral lumbar interbody fusion now.   I just dont no what to do - wanted to no if anyone else was having problems are had another surgery after your spinal fusion.   Its so depressing.  
Kim
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Hey Kim!

Well, without knowing the relevant clinical details it would be difficult to comment specifically on the situation. While degeneration following fusion is a possibility, other causes that may need to be considered include degenerating causing pressure on the nerve roots, inflammation, muscular spasm etc.  A detailed evaluation to identify a primary cause is ideally suggested before considering the management options. I would suggest discussing the situation, the suggested management plan and the expected prognosis in detail with your treating doctor.
Hope this is helpful.

Take care!
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