i had a spinal fusion 18 months ago and I am worse off then I was before. I was originally injured playingbcollege football and squatting too heavy. They called the problem retrolisthesis
I had a discectomy.. Didn't work out.
Now I have had a spinal fusion from a dr who is considered one the best surgeons in the world.
I work a very busy and stressful job. Constantly sitting as well. I am crippled by this pain. I don't want to take pain killers. I am weary of dr.s now. Looking back it felt like more of a sales pitch then a solution.
I am mostly scared that the rest of my life will be just pain. Does anyone have experience fusing the L5-s1 level and living pain free after 2,5,10+ years?
I stretch and do light lifting. I was a d1 college athlete I'm aware of proper form and core excercises... My flexibility isn't great but never has been.
Any legitimate experience/advice appreciated.