Ok a little background on myself. I am a 31 year old male, 6'1'' and 210 lbs. I am an active person and I am in good health (other than this major back issue). I had L4-L5 spinal fusion just over 11 weeks ago. This procedure included metal rods and a laminectomy due to bi-lateral pars defects. Before the surgery I would get bouts of throbbing pain directly over my spine and this I had an almost constant pain radiating out from the spine to the left, downwards and into the upper left buttock, but never down into the leg. After several spinal injections and physical therapy, I researched and found a doctor here in the midwest who is a top 10 spine surgeon in the country. While under this doctors care, I had some additional spine injections. While having the last injection, I felt intense pain when they injected the steriod that seemed to originate from my problem area (the left pars defect). Any relief from these injections was short lived, and I elected to have surgery. Now I am 11 weeks post-op, and the total recovery time is 4-6 months. I'm still having the pain down into my left buttock, this pain has shown ZERO improvement. The doctor says that this nerve pain can take quite a long time to get better, but I can't help but to be concerned. I am following his instructions and walking (or eliptising) for a minimum of 3 miles every day. I am also stretching every day due to extremely tight hamstrings (left hamstring is worst and made worse by this surgery). As a matter of fact, all of my pain and discomfort is on the left side, tight left hamstring, continuing pain around left buttock and waist line on left back side. Is this all somehow related? Additionally, I have started to experience pain higher in my back with in the last week or so, on the spine just below my shoulder blades....why the heck am I experiencing pain in an unrelated area?! I have yet to return to work because of having to take strong narcotics to keep the pain at bay. I hate taking these medications but the doctor has refilled them as needed without any hesitation which leads to believe that this is normal.
I don't know anyone, let alone someone as young as myself, who has had any type of surgery like this. I definately underestimated the magnitude of this surgery and I know that I will never take my health for granted IF I ever get back to normal. While I am well within the 4-6 month window of recovery, the slow process and zero improvement I've experienced so far is starting to bog me down........Is there anyone out there who has had this type of surgery that can offer any words? Thank you for your time.