I first want to thank whomever created this source of information and inspiration, since my injury i have been browsing this website on what seems to be a daily ordeal looking for others that have had similar instances/issues/situations.
So with that said, my introduction:
My injury started back in 2012 with a pretty epic fall that ended up leaving me in sever pain in my lower back, with the final word that i had instability in my SI Joint, an L5/S1 disk that ended up torn, herniated, and bulging. This lead to crippling LBP and radiating numbness and pain down my left leg. Thanks to this website and my PCM, I immediately refused the idea of surgery and started the Physical Therapy/Pain Management route. From 2012 to 2013 I was on a 3x Week Physical Therapy, all sorts of medicine cocktails from Tramadol to Norco to Neuortin and just about anything else one would get prescribed for LBP. Throughout this time I also went through 4 L5/S1 (left) and SI Injections ( i would have to look for the specific injection types) with no relief until the final injection which was EFSI Catheter Injection to the L5/S1. This provided me with a bout 12 months give or take of my pain being reduced to that i could manage with OTC Pain Medicine.
Fast forward to 2014 and all the previous symptoms showed their nasty head and it felt like over night i went from minor aches and pain to being slammed in the lower back with a sledge hammer. I went through another 6 months of PT and another round of L5/S1 with absolutely no relief. After the year of 2014 being a blur due to my PCM trying to manage my pain with prescriptions and physical therapy and a failed attempt of injections i began the long process of finding a surgeon. I started with the neurosurgeon route but after a 2 failed referrals i looked at an orthopedic spine surgeon. After the nightmare of insurance/referrals i finally got my surgery approved for 17 Aug 2015. (3.5 years later)
The surgery was a fusion of the L5/S1 with the hardware staying in place and a bone graft from my hip. The procedure itself went amazing, I was under for just short of 2 hours and woke up with great news and 0 complications. I spent 4 days in the hospital and went home on with some pain pills and a back brace. 2 weeks later my bone graft sight had become infected and I was re-admitted to the hospital for next day surgery so they could clean out the infection. After another week in the hospital i was released with a PICC line to take daily antibiotics. After a couple complications with the PICC Line i am on my way to recovery and have my first follow up with my Surgeon later this month (1 month Post - OP).
Throughout this entire process, especially lately, i have used this form as a great reference for information and want to thank everyone who has opened up and shared their experience. Since I am going to be laid up for the next few months, I figure i will step out from the shadows of lurking and start contributing. Maybe I will be able to provide answers as you all have for me.
(Please ignore the horrible spelling and grammar, trying to type on pain medicine isn't the easiest)