Lumbar Plif, Still In Pain...

I had the PLIF surgery on the L-4 ,, L-5,, S-1 in December 2010. I am still having trouble, And I'm still in pain.
If I sit more than 20 min's my legs go to sleep and It's hard to get up. I can walk about 30 yards and I have to stop.
I can lay down but not for more than 1 Hour. My legs sometimes just give out and I fall. I am told there's nothing more that can be done for me..
Please anyone have any idea's... ..... I also have type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.  I am open to your views and suggestions
GMooney GMooney
2 Responses Sep 16, 2011

I will tell you, Unless it's is absolutely needed I would not have a back surgery. Not knowing a lot about you and your age. You also need to look at your quality of life like you are right now. Back surgery is no joke. I am a professional Truck Driver, And I will not be able to go back to work. It's been 10 months know and I still can't bend over and touch my toes. I would start by filing for your SSDI. With all you need, there should be no problem getting it. I live in Georgia and I've been fighting for 2 years for my SSDI and still nothing yet. I had a PLIF Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. You can watch the videos on you tube. I have had nothing but pain and discomfort , It's like I had nothing done. I have to have help getting up or down and getting into the shower. I WOULD NOT HAVE THE SURGERY AGAIN, I WOULD TAKE MY CHANCES WITHOUT IT. Hope this has been helpful...

Hi, I don't know what the PLIF surgery is, but I have all the same symptoms as you. My ortho wants to do major reconstructive surgery with interbody or lateral fusion of L3-4, L2-3, L1-2 discs, and probably a fusion from T-10 down to L4-5. They also want to do an osteotomy, where they clip off the vertebre, where I have a scoleosis, to make my spine look straighter. I also have frequent falls due to the nerve damage in my left leg. There is no gaurantees and the entry point for the surgery is from the front, they have to move all my internal organs, and also from the back. It's very invasive and it scares me to death. Please let me know what PLIF surgery is and how you are doing. LS