Hey to all, it's been a little over 7 months since my L4-5 TLIF . . . I'm sorry to say I'm still in a lot of pain. DARN!!!
Was doing great in therapy til mid Feb. While I was there on the eliptical doing my normal work-out I got a sudden stabbing pain in my lower back. Had to immediately get off the machine & bend over to catch my breath. It seemed to get worse as time went on & was unable to continue with my therapy. It was extremely painful to take a step with my left foot. So once again I called the doctor whining.
The doctor ordered a CT Myelogram for March 11th, it showed nothing that wasn't there pre-surgery. Because this is a workman comp injury, I've seen my doc every month. One visit he'll say I'm fused, the next I'm not. Now he's saying I am a slow fuser & has me going for another CT Scan on May 25th.
It seems that the longer I am on my feet the worse my pain gets. If I am sitting in my recliner, I don't hurt as bad. That is unless I tilt my pelvis in a fwd position. Not sure if that makes sense to anyone or not. I have pain going down my left butt cheek into the back of my leg to just about my knee. A couple of times it has traveled to my left calf. The outside of my left foot is numb, & bothers me more when sitting too long or walking.
It doesn't feel like muscle pain, all I can think of is a deep bone pain. I feel bone on bone grinding & cracking with some discomfort, nothing major unless I tilt my pelvis. Then it is unbearable.
All I know is I can't spend the rest of my life sitting in my recliner or laying in my bed because of pain. I've asked numerous times for something to ease the pain. Doctor says no, doesn't want to put me back on narcotics.
For *@#*@ Sake ....... not really sure why I'm still rambling on. If anyone out there in spiney land has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated. Take care all!!!!