As some of you know after 4 back surgeries, 2 fusion 1 lamenectoy, and removal of hardware, i have been in constant pain and now worse after my fusion in april. x-rays are normal but he does not want to do mri because he says too soon after fusion and mri will be hard to read and i am not sure you should have more surgery, will be 5 if i did. he thinks it is from going back to work too soon and post operative pain. he says it takes up to a year and a year and a half to recover from fusions. does anyone have advice of what to do? just sit and take it or demand an mri next month, 7 months post fusion. i still have butt pain that goes to knee but no pain in my surgical site, level 3. but my fusion on l4-5 done 7 years ago is where pain is. any pseudo drs out there with advice or if it has happened to you also. wake up every night with leg and butt pain. we also bought a new bed to see if it helps, doesn't. so pleeze dazzle me with good advice, should i stay or should i go?
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.