I'm new to the forum so here's my story-
Started suffering from lower back pain 6 years ago (Dec 2003)after numerous visits to the GP I was instructed to have physiotherapy which made no difference whatsoever. 8 months on from that had an MRI scan which revealed that I had a tear in the disc L4-L5. Decided to have IDET, followed by physio.
My back pain only worsened following this, the pain became daily including sciatica. A year on from that I had the Wallis Stablilization Implant at L4-L5 (Oct 2005), this initially helped making the pain milder and completely stopping the sciatica.
However over the next four years I still had pain daily ranging from mild to pain where I was unable to roll over in bed. The sciatica returned in both legs. A trip back to my surgeon earlier this year resulted in an MRI scan showing problems with the disc below (L5-S1), so I waited to have a discogram to see which disc was causing the most problems. The discogram revealed that it was L5-S1 and my doctor said that I could be a candidate for Artifical Disc Replacement (charite) at this level. I decided to go ahead with it as I wanted a solution to the chronic pain as it was severly restricting so many aspects of my life.
I am now 10 weeks post-op. In some terms my recovery has been good, I managed to leave hospital earlier than expected and began walking around/ going up and downstairs etc quite quickly. However, I am still in constant pain that feels no better, in fact worse than pre-op. I have a very low tolerance to sitting or walking too far. I am trying not to let it get me down, but as many of you know (from looking over some of the forum posts) this can be very difficult.
Hope you are all doing well.
Thanks for all the advice offered on these pages!