For eight years I have suffered from lower back pain, at times so excruciating that I can't walk. I have had physical therapy, chiropractors, therapeutic massage, acupuncture ( which, by the way, punctured by left lung and caused a complete collapse of the lung), cortisone injections into the facet joints ( I was always told my problem is L4-L5, and L5-S1), nerve ablation, pain medication, back braces, and regular exercise.
I had a CT scan of my back recently and was told the biggest problem with my back is that I have SACROILLIAC JOINT DISFUNCTION. My nuero-spinal doctor is now talking about spinal fusion surgery, as every other option has failed to relieve the intense pain. He said the recovery time is long, but if there are no complications, I should eventually be pain-free.
Has anyone had this surgery for the sacroiliac joint? I have searched online but really haven't found anyone that can describe, as a patient, what the surgery and recovery were like. I realize we are all different, but I am 55 years old, not 85 years old, and have always lead a very active life, with daily rigorous exercise.
My back problem has definitely interfered greatly with the lifestyle I am accustomed to. I am ready to do whatever it takes to get back to that point.
If you have had this surgery, PLEASE let me know about your experience.
Thank you so much,