OK, I am driving myself nuts and need some input from people who have been there.
I am almost 9 months post 2 level L3-5 PLIF with hemi-lami's on right L3 and L4 and right sided hardware only.
I was in a brace for 6 months due to delayed fusion, with a bone stimulator for the last 3 months of that. I have been in PT since late March which has increased by strength and flexibility.
Since the surgery there has been pain in my left back across the buttock and down the left leg (the pain was there before surgery too but I had been told in 2008 by another doctor that since there didn't seem to be neurologic damage on the left, it was better to leave it alone than have surgery). The left pain persists despite the surgery, the PT (which usually helped in the past), the decreased level of activity. I would have thought the increased stability of the fusion and the hemi lami's would have helped too.
SO, what I would like to hear from people is:
1- does anyone else have one sided hardware and any issues arising from that? would 2 sided hardware have helped the left sided pain?
2- is it irrational to want the surgeon to go back in and fix whatever is going on **I was told my back was so bad he could have done a 3 level fusion but didn't want to because I was too young**
3- why does the doctor not want to do anything for 1 year from last surgery and why do I have to put my life on hold longer waiting when it FEELS like something more needs to be done.
Any and all ideas appreciated.