Ok, I have had a TLIF 17months ago and I am no better. I am having my hardware removed this coming Thursday. My doc thinks I have pseudoarthrodosis- instability of my spine due to my fusion not fusing. My PM doc also thinks as well as do I,I have adjacent segment disorder, it feels like the discs above and below my fusion are moving and both areas are painful. Here is my dilema; I called my NS two weeks ago, I advised the nurse that I am having increased hip pain and am losing control of my bladder. She stated, that it sounded like just incontinence and not nerve impingement. Now, I am a nurse, and I know I am not crazy. And today, I am in alot of pain in both hips and lower back. I was sitting on my couch when I told my husband that Ihad numbness and tingling in my foot, almost like a electrical current. At first it felt like a cell phone under the cushion, my foot vibrating. I am having a hard time getting up from a seated postion, I feel extremly arthritic.
So, since I have never had these symptoms before and some of you have it all the time; doesn't it sound like impingement? Please feel free to inform me if you think otherwise! LOL I guess I need reassurance that I am not crazy! LOL You know like most docs make you feel!
I mean even if it is impingement, my doc probably won't do anything until my surgery day anyway. But knowing helps! Thank you all for giving me the support I need to get through another day. Just knowing that I can talk to you all that have "been there", helps so much. I am sure you all can relate, to the fact that not everyone understands who hasn't been there!
God Bless and I pray that you all will be pain free one day, ok, at least pain lessened, cause most of us know, we may never be pain free!-Tammy