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IFuse Saved Me from Chronic Pain

ifusesavedmeiifusesavedme Posts: 2
edited 02/12/2014 - 12:47 PM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
I suffered from SI Joint Dysfunction (SIJD) for at least 10+ years before it was diagnosed 3 years ago. Up until that point I was treated for bulging disc in L4, L5, and S1. I was also treated in the facet joints as well with no relief. It wasn't until I saw treatment from a pain specialist that she finally said she felt the pain was from my SI joints. At this point the pain was in both joints however in earlier years the pain was just on one side. I honestly can't remember at this point which side. I had hyper mobility in both joints. I had also saught chiropractic care during those years as well. In the past three years my SI joints would not stay in place. One would move posterior while the other moved anterior. When one side would go out it really hurt. But pain is pain when you suffer from chronic pain every single day for 2 years. My life became that of someone I never thought I would be. Before, I was very outgoing and could go like the energizer bunny but the last two years were awful. I had injections every 3 months switching from one side to the other but the relief only lasted a few weeks. I tried drugs such as Tramadol, Gabapentin, coupled with anti-inflammatory drugs and the occational pain pill. I also had radiofrequancy ablations in the facets, and both si joints but with very minimal relief. For the last year the pain medication was my only saving grace to get through the day and they inabled me to at least work, handle daily household chores, and be a mom for my two teenages. My pain specialist referred my to an orthopedist. I went to the oppointment and left in tears. He agreed to the SIJD however he thought I could be treated with conventional therapy and the use of crutches. Needless to say, I never went back. It as at that point I felt no one in my area knew enough about SIJD let along offer solutions. I started researching online for hours!! I found the
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that was approved for their clincial trials. Long story short, I contacted them and stayed in touch for 6 months until I went for an appointment. I was tested and approved for the surgery. I saw the surgeon the next day. He had no concerns of me of having both side done at the same time. I had bi-lateral IFuse implants this past December 17th, 2013. I was extremely happy with the surgeon, hospital, and staff. The surgery went very well. I am now 7 weeks post op and I am so happy I had the surgery. I found and joined this forum looking for people who have had bi-lateral surgery as well to see how their post operative healing is going. Sorry for the long story already but will quickly update you on my recovery. Basically after surgery I felt like I had been shot in both butt checks with a shot gun! No lie! I was very disappointed to learn they did not cath me in the OR. I HIGHLY recommend you ask them to do this for bi-lateral surgery. I stayed two days in the hospital and had a two hour ride home! First two weeks I slept in a lift chair that I borrowed because my bedroom was located upstairs. (Note, there should not be any stair climbing for a couple of weeks) It is however a recommend choice because you cannot lay down. I slept one more week in the chair after trying all sorts of ways to sleep, on the sofa, in the bed, etc... Nothing worked but the chair. They recommended no full weight bearing for 4-6 weeks. No problem, I borrowed a cool walker as well but didn't go anywhere anyway. Pain is under control however don't fool yourself, there is still pain, BUT....happy to say it wasn't the same pain I had before surgery!! Most pain has been in my buttocks. Muscles mostly. Before surgery I would give my left arm to sit down all the time but now I find that I cannot sit for too long or my rear is quit soar. I just get up and walk around. I am sure this too shall pass. I am happy to report I can now turn over in bed and not have the sharp ice pick pain in my joints like before! I am giving myself until the three month mark and continued physical therapy to really determine how I feel, which is realistic from what I have read. I have not retured to work yet however I am able to do some work from home. I have learned during this process that orthopedic surgery is a totally different recovery than other soft tissue surgeries. Do not rush the recovery!!! I truely hope my post helps anyone out there and I would appreciate any comments and advise you may have for my continued recovery. God Bless!

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