Hello, I am 25 year old who has struggled with my back since I was 13 (1996)! I had an accident whilst doing gymnastics. I was diagnosed with Spondylilothesis at L5 S1 and told to avoid high impact sport. I suffered with pain occasionally over the next 7 years but after a few days rest would feel better. In December 2003 I fell and slipped knocking the base of my spine. Following a root nerve epidural to help control the pain I had a PLIF at L5 S1 in January 2005. The surgery did not go to plan and the surgeon was only able to put in one rod and two screws. He put in the other screws and rod but had to take them out during the surgery as they were misplaced. The surgery did help although i still needed accupuncture and physiotherapy. In December 2006 my back pain finally got worse and worse and I was told that I had not fused. I consulted a second opinion and was told there was enough scar tissue and with exercise I would be ok. By March 2008 I was unable to work - with severe pain in my lumbar spine and leg all the way down to my toe. I saw another surgeon who did a new x-ray and a discogram. He confirmed that I was not fused at L5-S1 and that my disc at L4-L5 was damaged. On 1 July 2008 I had a revision fusion (ALIF) and a total disc replacement (Charite). The surgeon confirmed that the disc at L4-L5 had a big tear in it and that my origial cage at L5-S1 was not attached - i.e. no fusion! I am now 4 weeks post surgery and practically pain free. I can't sit for long periods of time. I am going walking everyday and gradually building up my strength. I have to wear a Zimmer corset when im mobilising and sitting. The surgeon was very pleased with my x-ray post surgery.
I am totally petrified that I wont fuse this time and can't wait for my x-ray at 6 weeks.
I have phobias of going busy places and I get panic attacks if I go to the supermarket as I am scared that I am going to get bumped into and that my spine wont fuse this time! Is this normal? How do others overcome this?
Sorry for writing this all at once, its just a great relief to read about others who have similar troubles.