Monday was my first day back to work after my fusion, and having a full day of moving around and sitting, I have noticed more issues above where the surgery was performed. Prior to the surgery I just could tell my back was hurting and the nerve pain, burning, stabbing, and aching, etc. made an overall picture. The surgery has gotten rid of the nerve pain, and I am 100% sure of that. What I feel now is closer to the surface of my spine at T12 / L1 Levels. When I push on it I can feel where the pain is, and I think it is more arthritic, and it is centered in the joints. It is coming from my Thoracolumbar junction (TLJ)area and is above where my Dr.worked.
Previously all of the injections I had were performed at my L4 / L5 area, and in the nerves and joints around and below that area. I have become very aware of this because the nerve pain is gone now, and this feels like was always present but only now I can really feel it, with the nerve pain gone.
A good way to describe it is if my back pain is 100 % in total, the work they did removed 60-75% of the overall pain. I am very aware now of the 25-40% of the pain remaining.
So, I am better, but still not out of the woods. By 2-3 PM from normal movements at work I start to really hurt. After work I must go home and ice it, and not move.
After researching this I found usually people with the disc pain I had is coupled with other issues in the joints above the site with the disc problems. So it’s on to treat the joints now.
I am going to schedule more injections for the facet joints in my thoracolumbar junction(TLJ)region and hope that helps, and I will continue to take medications until I am pain free.
I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about this - Thanks,
Left foramina stenosis of L3/L4 (retrolisthesis)
L2-ilaic revision fusion ( loose screws) with a laminectomy at L3 (cage at L3-L4)
(PLIF) -@ L4/ L/5 - S1 (cage at L4/L5)