Ask me six or seven months after my two-level 360 fusion how I was doing and I would have answered, "pretty good!" I was truly feeling like I was improving every day and I was even off all meds for a few weeks. After being on norco for years, that was something I was really proud of. PT left me stronger than ever and my life was getting back on track.
Fast forward to today and things aren't so great anymore. I cannot pinpoint a time, or a fall or injury, but at some point after that, my decline began. I had more pain instead of less and the awful spasms came back, twisting and contorting my spine in an attempt to find relief.
Last Saturday, I had a lumbar and thoracic MRI. My very first thoracic MRI and my first lumbar study since prior to surgery. The disc directly above my fusion (L3-4) isnt doing well. It is incredibly painful. My thoracic discs are aslo accelerating in their degeneration and I have three thoracic bulges, one abutting the ventral cord. My upper back hurts and I wake with such tenderness that getting out of bed is becoming very difficult.
I expected the L3-4 stuff. It's painful, but it was a known risk. What I wasnt prepared for is the thoracic pain, kyphosis and disc bulges. My entire spine is sore. I have issues from C7-T1, T3-4, T6-7 and T7-8. I'm not sure what this means for my recovery. Is it over?
Needing some support. Sorry to moan!
2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1