Hello everyone! This Saturday marks 1 year since my L4-S1 ALIF and out of that year I have felt about 5-6 months of pain relief. Started to get sciatica in September after an assault, and once the x-rays & MRI proved negative I was sent to pain management with a "sciatic nerve contusion" for a nerve block. They were terrible to work with so I ran (okay, hobbled) back to my surgeon who finally noticed me favoring my right leg. I have also refused to sit down in his office the last 2 visits as it is simply too painful if I'm not up on my right buttcheek. It's time for a CT scan anyway, so he's sending me for that and an anesthetic-only SI join injection to diagnostically test the theory. If I get any relief, then it's positive and I can expect an SI joint fusion.
Does anyone else have experience with sacroiliac joint dysfunction after a lumbar fusion? I hear it's fairly common.
DDD L4-5 & L5-S1 w/ herniation
Failed discectomy, 8-15-11
L4-S1 ALIF (2 plastic cages, 2 plates and 8 screws), 1-4-13
FBSS & SI joint dysfunction, 12-30-13
1 year post-op CT hardware scan & left SI joint injection, 1-17-14