I had L2-S1 fusion May 2007 and was walking 1 1/2 miles/day. After I bent over too far I had SI pain and had 2 rounds of injections for that, then one periformis muscle injection without relief. My pain continues to get worse, mostly in my buttocks. The MRI shows that the top fusion doesn't have a spacer in it so when I'm upright the weight pushes it into my spine. In January 2009 I'm to have a spacer put in plus another fusion to stabilize it. I don't understand why I need yet another fusion, why I can't just get the spacer?
Anyway, I was wondering since I was getting back surgery anyway, would my pain be better if I had the old hardware out? I have skin pain in my buttocks and hips and numbness across my back in a 1" swath side to side. Also, my surgeon said many people with the surgery I've had will eventually need hip replacements because the hip joints take so much of the stress. If I had the hardware out, maybe I would be more flexible and put the replacements farther in the future.
Currently I cannot walk a block and cannot be up over 2 hours without lying down. I take Avinza (24 hour morphine) and gabapentin but I really have no life. I cannot even sit upright in a chair and have to eat my food in a recliner.