I am hoping for some advice, info, experiences to help me in my recovery. I was diagnised with a herniated L5/S1 with full compression on my S1 nerve root. I had surgery for this in September 2013 which was successful. I was doing great in my recovery - 100% pain free for 5 glorious weeks...... and then I started getting pain. At first I thought I was overdoing it, but it wasn't going away. My physiotherapist was convinced it was an issue with my Sacroiliac joints as the pain seemed to be over that area. I went to see my doctor and she also felt the same. Prescribed pain pills and anti-inflammitories (which did nothing). I went to see my surgeon at my three month check up and he said all went well with the surgery and I could resume all activities, etc. He also said that as far as the discomfort went, manage it as best I could and if it became unmanageable, then I could look to injections. So, I started injections. Had my first set a week and a half ago (they started at L4/L5) and it did nothing. Second set is next week (and will be at L5/S1) and then a third set two weeks later if needed over the SI joints.
I am not sure what is going on as all the info I read about SI joint pain, should be lasting this long (going on 4 months) and now I feel pain wise, I am back to where I was before the surgery (without the nerve pain down my leg). It is back to interferring with my work, and physical activities (I am an avid equestrian, hike, snowshoe, gym, etc). Tylenol 3 on a regular basis doesn't touch it and anything stronger knocks me out, so I can 't take during the day while I am working. Muscle relaxants are a joke. Don't help (or at least we haven't found one yet that works). I am now beginning to wonder if I have done something to compromise recovery disc wise? The pain is all over the lower back (over my surgical area and SI area and also radiates into hips sometimes on really bad days). Some have also suggested a Facet joint issue?
Any adivice, similar experiences? Would appreciate. Thanks.