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Pain in hips after RF FUSION

I had RF fusion done on the 1st November in my L3/4/5/S1 and in my hips. I am 5 weeks in after my operation. I was doing really well then last Wednesday I lifted a bag off shopping and felt a pull in my lower back. Now the pain is ok in my lower back but now I am getting this terrible pain in my hips it started in my right hip and now it's coming in the left hip. Has anyone had this happen to them after 5 weeks off there operation? I would be great full for any information. I am so disappointed as I was doing really well and was nearly pain free. Thank you in advance to anyone that can help me. 😢

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Hi Jan101 I am so sorry you are having pain again so long after your operation. I have not had this problem because they have said they can not do anything for me. I was wondering though have you been able to contact your surgeon? He may be able to offer you some help or advise as to how you should proceed. I hope you can find some relief for your hip pain.


Hi Grizzly7168

Not I haven't but that is a good idea. I will give his secretory a call tomorrow.

I hope that you are feeling as best you can be.

Jan101 x


I suspect that the lifting was just too much. inflammation takes days to settle so I suggest you take activity back a lot and give things a chance to heal. Diclofenic if you are allowed.

I am 4 months into the post op period after a SI joint fusion. I still get flare up with the smallest increase in certain muscle activity. I feel my fusion has not worked but you cleary have a direct link to the pain.

I woukd contact your surgeon but mine was only concerned with possible infection as the reason for the pain. I hope you get better advice.



Hi Dee

Thank you for your reply. I think that you are right. I have left a message with my specialist secretary and waiting on her getting back to me. I was also wondering if a steroid injection would help me to recover as well. I react really well to steroids. What do you think?

Kind regards



It may be different for you but my pain consultant said he would never give me injection near the fusion site because it was too risky now that I had rods in there. apparantly there is a risk to touching a rod.

Maybe a different story for you.



Thank you Dee

Just spoke to my secretary specialist he is on leave until next week so I will see what he says. Thank you for being there for me it's much appreciated. I wish you well.

Jan XX


Hi Jan,

I had a fusion in my Right foot August 2016, Joints 1, 2 and 3. I'm not sure if the healing time is the same as feet, but I was given the guideline, but I've been told that it can take 8 to 12 months for the bones to fully heal.

I'm taking Tramadol, neproxin for the pain. I say you should take it easy. I've learnt to ask for help wherever I can. I don't like asking...

Do warm baths help you at all?

Stay safe and I wish you the best..

Take it easy :)


Hi metalbones16

I had RF fusion of the nerves and they said 4 to 6 weeks and I was doing really well and was in no pain just after 4 weeks then I went shopping and picked up my bag to put it in the car and I felt my back pull so I think it's inflammation. I have been having showers as it's to hard to get in and out of the bath. I have just contacted the private doctor I see only for steroids injection and he said that he would need to see me to look at me first, but he said it may help. God I wish you well with your foot that sounds a horrendous time for your foot to heel. You take really good care. Once again thank you for your reply. XX


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