I am debating a second surgery, and remain in extreme pain. I had a fusion a year ago and the fusion fixed my pinched nerve, and lower back pain. My remaining back pain is centered mid-line, in my facets @ T12/L1, and I think it’s “Facet Syndrome”, AKA osteoarthritis.
After my first surgery I 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. I have osteoarthritis, and that is the cause of my remaining pain. It is coming from my Thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) area and is above where my Dr.worked. The pain starts dead center on my T12, and runs down to my hip and calf.
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 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.
I have tried yoga, stretching, walking, PT, cocktail of pain meds, hot and cold therapy, and all the different types of injections under the sun with no result. As I get older the pain is getting worse.
I was wondering if anyone has any ideas, or advice. 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)