I am currently recovering from my 3rd spinal fusion surgery and prior to that, I had chiropractic, 3 pain blocks, a discectomy (sp), and physical therapy. The first surgery was at L4/5, the second at L5-S1, and the most recent, January 10th, was S1-L3/4.
The first relief from the pain was after the first fusion surgery in 2008. Was comfortable until summer of 2011 when I began to suffer foot drop and pain. That surgery, S1-L4/5, never really resulted in any relief and added increasingly severe nerve pain in the right front thigh. Weakness in the right leg became an issue and resulted in falling without realizing the weakness. After getting a second opinion, the third fusion, S1-L3/4, was performed in January 2013 and the result thus far has been amazing. Am in a slow recovery at this time. Also excited about exchanging information and tips from fellow-sufferers.