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I had fusion of L4/5 S/1 more than 18 months ago. My surgeon said I was good to go, do anything I used to do before. I was however numb on my whole left side, which was supposed to eventually go away. After six months (yes, months not weeks) of PT my pain had subsided to the point, I thought it was as good as it was going to be. I resumed working out, walking and a little golf. Eight months ago I pulled a hamstring playing golf and spent 3 months on an ice bag. Being unable to exercise without chronic pain, I gradually started feeling more pain at the fusion level. I had another MRI and everything was supposedly OK. There is however, the possibility I am not fused (no one can say for sure). I tried caudal injections for the pain but there was no relief. It hurts to do anything now, especially sit. The doctor says another level could be causing the leg pain but there is no explanation for the other.
My question, can your hardware hurt? If I am not fused, does it hurt? I have fibromyalgia and am on the highest dosage of tramadol you can take; same with gabapentin. That controls the fibro but not the surgical part. Muscle relaxers help a little.
By the way, I am still numb on the left side; there is obviously nerve damage from the surgery.