My 1st back surgery was June of 2010 with a fusion at L 3/4 & L 4/5. Had bone graft, cage and screws. Had bone stimulator removed by surgery December, 2010. Then had neck fusion at C 5,6,7 with bone graft on opposite hip in March, 2011. Ended up in i.c.u for 2 days because of bleeding from hip.
Then, most recently, August 10th, 2011 had all screws removed, from L 3/4 & L 4/5 and doctor explored area because I've had allot of pain on one side since original fusion in 2010. Now, today I had to go to a shoulder Dr. because of frozen shoulder, and suppose to start pt next week. I say all that to say this; Are there others out there that are still hurting from your lumbar fusion after a year? I still cannot do very much around the house so my hubby & daughter do most of it. I will admit I am 61, and do know the Dr's have all said I'm a slow healer because of soft bones and Osteoporosis. If I just new that maybe I'll be turning a corner for the better soon, I can handle all this. Any suggestions or ideas would be welcomed. I'm on Gabapentin, and Lortab, and monitor all my meds carefully, but seems like it does very little for pain.