I have several issues going on. My pain has always been left sided, and I had a L5-S1 fusion in 2006. Hardware has been removed, but the fusion site aches terribly 100% of the time, and my left leg/butt symptoms have returned. Now my left butt/leg/foot are hurting just as bad as my right. Problems are two-fold: BMP was used for the fusion, and it has continued to grow and protrude into my nerve root on the right side at L5. My L4 is degenerating, and re-creating the left sided pain that the original fusion was supposed to repair. I am thinking through the possible scenarios, and here is what I can come up with:
1. Bone Spur Removal and L4 Fusion to hopefully relieve the pain in both legs. Is this going to leave me with twice the terrible back-ache at the fusion sites? I am dealing with SO much pain in my legs and lower back, I guess I am willing to give some to get some. Has anyone had problems with continued growth of BMP after a fusion? And are there any suggestions on how to help with the chronic aches of the fusion??? I have had 8 surgeries on my lower back (Fusion, SCS, decompression, etc) so I am hoping they will go in through the front for this one. I would love to hear anyone's thoughts or similar experiences as I make this monumental decision.