Hi, I had an L5 S1 ALIF fusion one year ago next week and have never been out of pain since. I had DDD and the L5 had collapsed some. so they put in a cage and cadaver bone. I expected to be in pain for at least 4-6 months, but it never goes away, and I think it is almost worse now than before surgery.
I had another MRI in June and the surgeon said the fusion looked good and nothing new was going on, but now he is saying he feels it's my SI joints causing my pain. I guess there are certain tests he did that show it's that joint, but I am nervous. He wants to do another surgery (or 2) by implanting screws in this joint to stabilize it from moving. It doesn't sound like a very popular surgery, and he warned me that my insurance may not cover it. They are doing a pre-auth to see if it's covered, but my question is, could this really be my pain problem?? The pain is directly in the middle of my lower back and it hurts to bend forward or to push myself out of a chair. Bending over is out of the question, and even lifting my leg to put on a tennis shoe is painful.
He can't be sure, but he thinks it will do the trick. Has anyone else experienced this situation, or even had this surgery?? I would appreciate ANY feedback at all on this condition....