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5 1/2 months post ALIF- X-rays show no fusion set up yet

Hey there. I would love to hear from others who have undergone an ALIF @ L5-S1 using PEEK cage with clips. I don't have any rod or screws. I go in every 6 weeks right now and my last Xray at beginning of Nov still showed no sign of fusion setting up. I will be 6 months post op on Dec 18th. I keep asking my physician assistant at each appointment if the fusion process is happening and he keeps saying "the hardware looks good and that X-rays can be somewhat lagging. I've been in therapy for 6 weeks now and still experiencing significant back pain with intermittent leg pain that radiates down butt down to my foot. I can't sit very long at all without pain starting to radiate from my butt down to my leg. I am unable to lay down on my back and relax my muscles without causing significant shocking sensations in my back. The assistant has mentioned at my last appointment of returning me to work at light duty after my next check up. He said they won't do another xray until I'm 8 months out. Being that I have 2 metal clips holding my spine together, I'm worried that returning to work without signs of fusion setting up could cause a disastrous situation. I work in the medical field as a receptionist but I will be sitting at a desk all day. I can't sit down for more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid significant pain. Anyone else had this particular surgery with this hardware? If so, how long did it take to set up?
Michelle Duhon
6 level bilateral facet injections (thoracic&lumbar)
2 level-3x LESI's
L5-S1 micro discectomy
L5-S1 ALIF June 2015
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