Hi, It will be 2 years in January since I had my L3-S1 fusion. I had thought that I'd be doing quite well by now but still have to take daily pain medication although some days are better than others.
Out of the blue, I started to have sciatica like pain going down my right leg which is the leg I had sciatica in prior to surgery although the surgery was for horrific back pain.
I saw my Ortho and he says the L2-3 has bone spurs and Spondylosis and gave me a steroid pack for a week to see if it would calm down. No good on the steroid pack. My right leg still has the pain and my foot is tingling.
He has suggested a epidural injection to L2. Since I had more than 4 epidurals prior to having surgery, I don't hold much hope that this will be a magic shot and will probably have it done just to see.
Has anyone out there had this happen to them after a multi-level fusion? I was told that this sometimes happens but I thought way down the line.. Not 2 years down the line. If the injection does not work my option is to fuse that level too. Also, he's suggested hardware removal. What if any thoughts does anyone have about that. I don't really want to go through all that pain again.
I take 4 vicodin a day and 2 skelaxin a day. On bad days I may have to take 5 vicodin. I'm not sure if this is excessive or whether this is not bad. My Ortho has been reducing my Vicodin although now he understands that I've got a problem.
Any help from anyone would be great.