After reading many of your posts, I so know what a lot of you are through.
After my 2-level fusion in 2010, and my revision surgery in December 2011, I went for my post-operative appointment yesterday.
I asked why 1) I was still getting alot of back pain and 2) my right buttock/hip area is so much more painful now since my fusion. I get stabbing pains deep inside whether I'm sitting or laying down. It's not ALL the time, but the stabbing and continous 'ache' is enough to disturb my sleep and prevent me from sitting for any length of time.
I was told that recovery is much slower the more operations you have (this is my 4th) and that scar tissue can be a source of pain too. Not much can be done about that from what I understand. Also, because weight-bearing is now transferred and absorbed (through the 2 fused levels) to the next available joint, that's why my sacro-iliac is now dysfunctioning. Does this get better on it's own eventually or what? When will this ever stop?
I don't want to have any further surgery if I can possibly help it. I'll only get even more scar tissue anyway!
I did have a steroid injection into the S.I. joint last May but it only gave me 24 hours pain relief. My surgeon doesn't operate on S.I. joints here in the UK, neither does he know of anyone who does, and has put me on his waiting list for yet another steroid injection. I can only hope that the length of pain relief will be for much longer this time. I know I can't have these injections indefinitely (I have had about 7 in my spine when they tried to treat my back pain years ago and each time, the length of pain relief shortened considerably, so they stopped doing them).
Is this continued back/S.I. pain something I'm going to have to learn to live with? Does it really get worse as we get older? My doc says I've got a "collapsed foot arch" now due to the way I've walked over the years to protect my back, so it hurts to walk when I'm trying to exercise to strengthen my back. PLUS, after I've rested (whether I can sleep or not, makes no difference), my fingers, back, knees, elbows and feet all blimming cause pain or aches. It's soooooo depressing and I just feel like I'm falling to bits and seizing up.
Sorry for the pity party I seem to be sharing with you today but sometimes ranting at least gets it off my chest for a while.
I'm just thankful that we have a forum like Spine Health where we can do this and the members understand exactly what we're going through.
What have your specialists said about your conditions and your future expectations/prognosis? I'd be interested to know, thanks.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!