I love the saying..."don't borrow trouble" so I hope that is not what I am doing by posting this question. However, I am seeking comments from others who have been in this situation.
I had a L4-S1 fusion last January (two rods, six screws from the rear). Immediately after the surgery and for about two months I felt relief, then I began to experience persistent aching in my legs and radicular pain in my lumbar area. We tried PT. We tried neurontin. We underwent the nerve conduction test. Each and all were not successful in relief or determining source of pain.
My guidance during the August appt with surgeon was to give time a chance. Monday of this week I told my surgeon that nothing has changed and now I have local pain (to touch) in my spine. He was discouraged. He said I was a prime candidate for a successful fusion (non smoker, non diabetic, not overweight, regular exerciser). I told him I was/am discouraged also. I am worse now than prior to surgery.
He ordered a CT scan and bone density test (occurs tomorrow). Follow up appt with him will be next Tuesday.
Here are my questions to the members of the list who can relate to this situation:
1) Does my story sound familiar?
2) If I am a "non fusion" then what happens?