I am 22 and had my first spinal fusion at L4/L5 (two rods, four screws, bone graft and disc spacer) it has been a struggle and the worst pain I have ever been through in my life! I just reached the six month mark post surgery and I am finally able to get back to having a life although it is still painful every day. Sitting in school and doing everyday things hurt and I can stand for about ten min and walk for about twenty before need g to sit/lay down. After six months is it normal to have everyday pain? I attribute most of my pain to trying to get off pain meds but my back feels more weak than I think it should be at this point, or maybe its normal, irk what are your guys experiences? Do steroid shots help you get off pain meds because that is what my doctor recommended. What about a tens unit???
Also, I have read on here that you can have the rods and/or screws taken out after so many years, is that true, or is this a for life surgery??