Well, I had my 1 year post-op fusion CT scan this morning, followed by my left SI joint gold standard injection. The doctor in radiology was very nice and when she finally "hit" the joint I burst into tears. She told the nurses "Oh man, she's crying!" Hahaha. They gave me the anesthetic quickly after that and I got a fair amount of relief and a "spaghetti leg", but the pain is down from an 8 to a 5 in just 3 hours! My follow-up with my surgeon is a week from today.
My only issue is I know insurance is going to push PT on me when I know it will waste 6 weeks of time and only result in a double-SI fusion. Luckily I have one of the nation's best surgeons for treating SI joint dysfunction.
How many of you have SI problems following a lumbar fusion? I had an L4-S1 ALIF done on 1/4/13 and was fused by 6 months. This is undoubtedly what caused the SI problems. I'm a bit discouraged that such a major surgery has resulted in more chronic pain...
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