Hey everyone! I had a posterior and anterior fusion of my L4-L5-S1 in July 2011. I've been having increased pain the last several months and a CT scan showed that my fusion is not stable on the right side of my posterior fusion. Basically, I didn't grow bone all the way across. The scan shows bone growth that started but didn't finish. My surgeon said that fusions can heal for up to two years and told me to start taking Vitamin D supplements again and prescribed another month of physical therapy. He didn't tell me to follow up with him and he didn't tell me options of how to treat it. He basically dropped the bomb shell on me and told me to take some vitamin D and hope for the best. He said that fusions can continue to heal for up to two years, well I'm five months away from that point. You can't tell me that some vitamin D pills are going to help me suddenly grow a large chunk of missing bone. I consulted with my physical therapist more and we had a very honest discussion about it all. My fusion has essentially failed
My pain is getting increasingly worse. Has anyone had a similar problem with their fusion? I'm only 26 years old. I fear that as this continues to get worse I will need further surgeries down the line. Pain killers don't work for me so I don't bother taking them. I'm already beginning to feel depressed again because my pain is affecting my daily living. If anyone has had anything similar and has anything to share I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!