I am now just over 6 months past my L3-L4-L5 spinal fusion and I just wanted to update on my progress. I have been fully fused since about the 4 month mark. The doctor says I should be in a textbook it looks so good. Haha.
Unfortunately, I don't feel as well as I expected after a successful fusion. I am still in quite a bit of pain, which is very frustrating since I am supposedly fixed. I have pain that goes from my low left back around my hip and into my groin. I never had any groin pain previously. I had injections in my hips, and twice into my SI joint, with no relief.
I don't take any pain medication any more, although I never really did because it doesn't seem to help and I have a two year old to take care of. I have had a host of other health issues that spawned from the surgery (such as gastritis) and I have to say that overall I am pretty disappointed with my results to date. I don't know how people go back to work after this. I am in such bad shape if I do anything, such as cleaning the house or picking up my daughter. It's just so frustrating. I guess I am hoping someone will tell me it's going to get better.
-frustrated and depressed