I am new to Spine health and found the website very useful.
I am 35 and after 4 yrs of lower back pain on sitting and standing, they discovered I had DDD 3 levels, S1-L3-4.
After many discograms with different results, I had DIAM 2 levels Nov 2007 which had a small but limited improvement in my symptoms, followed by IDET in July 2009, which exaggerated my symptoms (this was the worst and very painful procedure).After all this, I underwent a double fusion TLIF S1-L5-L4, 9 weeks ago. Immediataly post op, I had surgical pain but no back pain at all for the first 4 weeks. It felt great, fantastic to be out of pain, very stable and I could feel resistance to certain twisting, bending forward movements.I did have to still rest and lie flat every 2-3 hours which was a huge improvement to pre operatively. My walking was slow and steady and had no weak legs,or any other complications post op. So I was very pleased I had the surgery
However at 4 weeks post op I got up off the floor twisting slightly a few times, within 3 hrs my usual back pain returned upon sitting,standing and walking, and had now weak legs upon walking which I never experienced pre operatively. Like pre op I have to continually lie flat every 20 minutes and for msny hours at a time. I have been like this now for 5 weeks and it shows no sign of progress, the more movement , sitting and standing I try and do the worse it gets. I cannot understand how my progress has decreased considerably. Has anyone had a similar experience post op? Is this hardware/instrumentation failure? My surgeon has recently taken a nother lots of plain standing spinal xrays and can see no difference.
Would be grateful for anyone's sdvise on this