This is my first post and I was hoping that joining one of these forums would help me with the continuous frustrations and questions I still have post surgery.
Briefly, I am a 39 yr.old woman who rather quickly developed severe lower back pain about a year ago. I was eventually diagnosed with DDD with severity at L5-S1 area. 6 months ago I had an L5-S1 fusion. I tried everyhthing prior to surgery including tranformial blocks and various injections through pain management. After meeting with two separate neurosurgeons, I was basically told that no other options were available that would help me and that a fusion was my best option.
My post-op experience was extremely difficult with severe pain and muscle spasms that lasted more than 9-12 weeks. I am back to work as a teacher but my problems have unfortunately not subsided. I continue to have lower back pain, sudden jolts or catching pain, painful numbness and tingling in my toes, and muscle spasms. Inronically, I recently saw my neurosurgeon and he has determined that through various X-rays and CTs that a fusion had developed and that he sees nothing abnormal or cause for the pain I continue to experience. He offered to "go back in" to see what he could find or to "tighten this up", or my only other option would be a referral back to a pain management doctor. Now, by no means did I think that surgery would be a "cure all" and I would not have any pain however, I didn't think I would continue to have debilitating and daily pain. I would have not put myself through such a painful ordeal to have my painful sitution repeat itself. Going back to pain management makes me feel I've come full circle, back to where I started.
I'm hoping there is someone out there who has had similar experiences and can offer the support and advice I just don't feel I'm getting from my doctors. I've read many posts I appreciate all the experiences and knowledge those in simlar situtions have offered thus far. I'm too young and stubborn to accept that this pain will be with me forever. Like many of you, I've got too much I wanna do!!!