I had a lumbar fusion with instrumentation L3-5 about 5 yrs ago after having many months of worsening pain, numb feet, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, etc. and have done really well. For the past few months I've been having new lower back pain which radiates to the front of my leg and sometimes in my groin. I went to my neuro and had an injection.....it lasted 5 days.:-( I had an MRI which shows my scoliosis has gotten much worse (it wasn't too bad before fusion), I have a bone spur, problems with the space between T12-L1, DDD progressing, etc. I really don't want to have surgery until I have to, so I have a TENS unit (which helps) and getting a corset.(Does this really help??) I have to be able to work, so I am taking max doses of Robaxin and Naproxen. I work in a cardiac cath lab,so I have to wear a lead apron and I'm on my feet most of the time. I know this doesn't make things any better.
I just want to know that it's possible to learn to deal with the pain. I am 55, but too young to become immobile! It makes me EDITED some days and depressed others. And it's very tiring to have chronic pain.
I'd say I'm lucky after reading some of your stories. I'm sorry for everyone going through this pain! I just needed to vent......