Had dissecotomy S1L5 6 years ago. Pain free for 5 years. Then out of the blue massive pain 10, could not walk, ended up in Hospital for 4 days. Took 3 months to recover. Was taking 90mg moriphine per day. Shots helped the first 6 months, then had another one and it did not work. I have had 3mri, milogram(sp?), electric nerve test. The nero said nothing showed up on milgram test. Nerve test showed nerve damage. They could not say if it is permenate or a sympton.
I am now taking 3 percote per day, also taking neurontin for leg spasms. The nero wants me to have a S1L5 fusion. He believes nerve root is being impinaged causing my pain. I do not want to be on pain meds forever and I can no longer put up with the pain.
I would like to hear about recovery time for fusion, or any personal advice about the procedure. :?