I have had back issues since I was dropped on my backside after my daughter was born (still under the epidural) back in 2006. I had a fusion of L4-S1 December 2014. I felt amazing for 6 months, and it felt like it all came right back. There is no issue with my fusion itself, however the stress that it is causing on the rest of my body is absolutely killing me. I have had 2 rounds of injections and finally a rhizotomy in October, but it has apparently not taken. I am now faced with an SI joint fusion. I have some questions for anyone who has been there, done that.
1. My surgeon seems to think that the recovery from this is way easier as in only sore for a couple weeks. Is that even possible?
2. Did you use an orthopedic doctor or a spinal neurosurgeon (or any other kind of surgeon)?
3. How soon were you able to return to work (desk job) if at all?
4. Would you do it again if you could go back and do it all over?
I am also having grinding in my hip on the same side and he seems to think this will solve both of my issues. I have already quit my retail job and gotten one where I would be sitting but with hourly breaks so not long periods of sitting. I have living like this and feel that I need to do something about it. I am only 32 years old with 4 precious children that I am not able to play with. I don't want to have another surgery, but both my neuro and my pain management agree that it needs to happen or I will also need a hip replacement soon.