Hi to everyone, it's been quite some time since I've posted - among other things, I've been very busy.
I had a 3-level (L3-S1) fusion with laminectomy mid-June of 2008 - 7 and 1/2 hours in surgery. I was back to work FT within 8 weeks. Did PT, still do back exercises, recently had epidural for SI joint pain (have osteo in my SI joints now).
I have had chronic, bilateral leg fatigue (feels much like the flu). These sensations come and go (a couple of days at a time, and then I feel better), and I typically have low back and leg pain with movement, and still have lower back soreness (sneezing really hurts - God forbid I get a cold - which I have not had this year).
I'm really interested in hearing what symptoms others who are ~9 months to 1 year post-fusion still have - if only for comparative purposes. I just had a CT myelogram (have a spinal stimulator, so no MRIs allowed), and it was normal - i.e., no stenosis, no herniation, no spurs, and I am fully fused between vertebrae, etc...
That said, I still have the residual symptoms as above. Sometimes, I really feel terrible; some days are "tolerable"...because myelogram was "normal", my NS wants me to see my PCP for testing of electrolytes, etc...
Any thoughts/impressions on this would be much appreciated! How are/were the symptoms of any others who were at a similar stage of recovery post-fusion?