I did a bit of searching around using the search feature, but couldn't really find what I was looking for, so here goes.
I am postOP an L5S1 TLIF on June 16th 2011. It has been noted after never getting better that I am FBSS as my diag is pseudoarthrosis, and the pain has been increasing/escalating since 10/1/11.
Anyhow I have been working full time (40-50 hours and on call 24x7) since 10 weeks after my TLIF and as noted above it just keeps getting more and worse. I am now in a place where I think that PM will effect my work output/product going forward. I have made many sacrifices to put this off this long and have made major $ investments in equipment from my own pocket to delay that day, but I fear it is now hear, as the side effects from meds and the constant pain just robs my mind of true concentration.
My question to others is "How long did you last?" & "At what point did you throw the towel in with working?"
I have a discogram in 2 weeks and will most likely be looking at revision surgery or a SCS trial (prefer not to mask the failed fusion if possible). My goal was to last that long so I could save my vacation time and paid disability time for then, but I fear I will not make it. As the only and primary earner in my household, this makes my choice all that harder.
How long did FBSS people last and when did you finally throw the towel in, and also acknowledge your heath needed to come first, vs continuing to work out of necessity and pride/responsibility?
Would love to hear others stories to help me gauge what is realistic.
Thanks in advance... :-)
Jun 2011 -TLIF @L5-S1
Mar 2012 -NonUnion @L5S1
May 2012 -Multi Level Discography
July 2012 -XLIF 2Cages @L3L4/L4L5
Aug 2012 -All New Hardware @L34L45/L4L5/L5S1
Mar 2013 -FBSS = Pain Management until they figure it out.