Suffered with left hip and neck, mid to lower back pain for over 24 years. Suffered chronic pain in the same areas for over 10 years. Had L4-S1 fusion with pins, rods, and screws on January 31, 2013. Suffer from knee and ankle joint pain. Have constant numbing and tingling of both feet. Moderate leg to foot pain and jolting shocks of pain coming from lower back to bottom of feet. I have felt like I am being electrocuted. Unable to sit, stand, or walk for more than 5 mins at a time before the chronic pain does me in. I have burning pain in my mid back. Since surgery my skin hurts to touch on my left hip buttock area and left upper leg. Feels like a first degree burn.
For the first two month it was like I was hit by a semi-truck after surgery. I felt I have been progressing well up until about three weeks ago (3 months after surgery). Since, I have felt worse then I did before surgery, but it is more in my lower back with a lot of pressure pain below the L4-S1. The pressure pain is so bad that I am unable to stand for more than 5 minutes. Lying down use to be my most desired position of comfort before surgery but now once I hit the bed the pain in my mid and lower back is so bad the first 60 seconds in bed, it brings tears to my eyes. But once that subsides enough for me to tolerate the sharp shocking jolts of electrocuting pain runs down from my back to the feet. My pain meds barely work now. I use to be able to take pain med and be able to get up and do house work or garden but now I can't do anything but sit or lay down. I am not sure what happened, maybe I did something to my back again because I did feel like I was getting better. When I try to sweep my floor I feel like something is going to snap or break in my back. Any information would be helpful so when I return back for my second post-op appointment. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org but put in the subject box "Response to spine health forum" so I do not delete the message as spam.