Hey everybody. It has been a long time since I posted here. I hope you are all doing well as you can be. :-)
Another question: Anything similar happen?
I had ALIF at L5-S1 Oct 2011. My doctor confirmed my fusion solid in Feb, and I started PT. All was going well, I was progressing, etc, and then about 2 weeks ago I started having an awful pain I my hip, groin, and shooting down my leg. My SI joint was ON FIRE. My PT did some mobilization on my pelvis/SI, and OMG- worst ever. My pubic bone was killing me - kept me up at night- and my SI joints and hip pain were awful. A few days later I went back to PT, and they did some more soft tissue work that helped with the SI pain a little bit, but not wonderful.
They sent me back to my surgeon who said 2 things:
I could have both or either of SI dysfunction and another anular tear at L4-L5, which has already been noted to be degenerating, but not as bad as L5-S1 was at time of surgery. If it still hurts in 2 weeks, get another MRI.
This is incredibly upsetting. Things were going so well, moving forward, I was feeling better - and then this!
Also, while I was in the waiting room of my doctor, I spoke to a gentleman who had the same surgery as I, but at L4-L5, and he showed me his x-ray with a broken screw on his cage! OMG! What is the failure rates of these instrumentation? How awful! Poor guy was in visible pain - my heart goes out to him. To go through ALIF and then have a screw break... How common is this?
My instrumentation is fine so far, but seeing his x-ray was scary. I have a relative who had to have both hip replacements redone because of recalled replacement joints. Not a pleasant ordeal, and certainly not something I wish upon anybody.
As always, thanks Spineys for listening.