Hi...I am new to this forum and it seems I will be having a PLIF L5 S1 spinal fusion here soon, just waiting for the scheduler to call.
A year ago I was hurt at work (felt a pop and burn in lower back) and it has been hell ever since! Let's just say L & I does NOT like to move quick on anything except denials! I was denied an MRI 3 x's and unfortunately my Dr was treating me blindly for about 9 mos.
I tried all the usual things...PT, Injections, Chiro etc and nothing seemed to work. I have a pretty high tolerance to pain so I was really trying to not take a bunch of pain pills for fear of addiction so I have been dealing with low back, hip, butt, knee, ankle and foot pain for what seems like forever!
Can anyone tell me what to expect for recovery from a MIS Spinal Fusion L5 S1 PLIF with Laminectomy?