I was just wondering if 8 months post op ALIF 7/1/08 L5/S1 is too soon to be thinking about a failed fusion. I know some of you know me already but those who don't I will give you some history. I was doing ok after my surgery until around Sept. I went on our annual Girls' 4wheeler ride and I was pretty sore afterwards and my back just seems to be getting worse and worse. I know have pain and numbness in both legs whereas, before surgery I only had it on right side. I also get the pins and needles feeling in my legs and feet that I didn't have prior to surgery. I just started what I call shooters in my lower back. This is when all of a sudden I get a severe pain in my lower middle back and it takes my breath away for a second. The pain also goes into my hips and outer thighs. I also have sciatic pain down butt all the way down to foot. I didn't have the sciatic pain after surgery until a couple of months later. I had a CTScan done in Nov or Dec and they said everything looks ok, not enough showing to cause my pain. Ortho took xrays and said fusion looks good and I had an EMG mid Feb 2009 and it showed no evidence of nerve damage or impingement.
Is it too early to jump to the conclusion that my surgery was a failure or am I just being too impatient and need to give myself more time to heal.