I had a 2 level lumbar fusion back in April 2009 at L4-S1 with all the cages, and hardware. I am 34 now, and have been in a lot of pain since June 2012... I actually started feeling better so I went back to work with all kinds of restrictions. I work at a mental hospital in our sexual predator's unit working nights. And my doctor doesn't want me to have any patient contact right now since I have decided to try and go back to work. My HR lady reassigned me to work as a custodian!!! I did it for one day and by the time my 8 hours were over I could barely walk, and the next day was even worse when I woke up. I went back to work and told them I can't do that job and had my doctor fax in a new restriction letter to spell it out a little better for them. Anyways, my surgeon called to tell me that he wants to proceed with adding another level to my lumbar fusion. He wants to add L3-L4 to it... I told his office I would let them know within a week if I am going to have it done or not. I am leaning towards it because of the quality of life that I am living right now is no fun! I am taking a lot of pills and using a pain patch and tens unit to get through the day. In the meantime, the HR lady sent me home and said there was nothing for me to do and she would look for something else, but she still hasn't found anything. I guess that is good, since I am still recovering from the last job she gave me!
Anyways, my question is has anyone on here had a level added to an already healed fusion? What would I be expecting? Is it a lot like healing from the first one?
2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times