I am 12 mos post fusion (L4/L5 L3/L4). Before that I had 2 laminectomy/discectomies in the same areas. According to MRIs/Xrays my bone did fuse. I am concerned that I am now post op over 12 months and am still taking pain meds.The surgery relieved many of my symptoms (I had loss of bladder control, and loss of left leg function, which are both normal now) the pain is still what gets me. The doc told me before surgery there was no guarantee my pain would be resolved, and that it may even be worse. I went back to work at 6 months post op and consider myself to be leading a pretty "normal" life considering the back problems, but I am taking 4-6 10mg Norco's a day and still need a muscle relaxer to sleep once or twice a week. I am only 26 and am really concerned what this is going to do to my body over the long-term, however it is allowing me to lead a productive life where I am working full-time (when I am do not take pain meds I am DONE by 11am from work and need to lay down or sit in my zero-gravity chair because I can barely walk!). Does anyone have any suggestions for alternate pain management other than narcotics?? I have asked about the spinal cord stimulator, but because the doc doesn't really know where the pain is still coming from he doesn't think that would work. I am also taking 600mg of neurontin.
Thanks for any advice, I love these boards!!