Just found you guys and this is my first post, so hello from 'Downunder'
In Sept 2008 I had an ADR using Charite artificial disc to my L4L5 and ALIF Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion to my L5S1.
Straight after surgery I had no back or leg pain. Only pain was from the actual surgery and it was bearable. Even had the nurses keep telling me to push the button on the pain pump because I had felt ok enough without it.
Anyway probably about 5 months after surgery I started to get the pain back in my legs, including hot legs and burning hot feet and the pain in my lower back around what i think is my L4L5 or the ADR. I was thinking it must have been from the fusion but after research now I know it isnt. I just hope I am not one of failed Charite Disc stories I have read about over the last few days.
I go back to my surgeon who is 1000 kms away interstate at end Nov but not sure if he will give me the right answers. I do trust him 100% but I cannot see him admitting to my surgery - which is his surgery - failing. He is tied up with the company for Charite and gets royalties for each disc (from what he told me prior to surgery)
So now I dont know what to do. Wife and kids are sick of hearing about my pain and problems. People say to just deal with it. How? The burning feet, pain in legs, sleep problems, and the hot and very painful lower back. My latest xray shows early facet problems, something i never had before. I feel like I have a time bomb sitting inside me just waiting to go off. My family GP doctor has no idea and reckons I just have to put up with it. Now he has me at a physio who reckons I should never had surgery and just put up with pain. What now? Sorry had to get it off my chest, no one here to offer any advice or anyone that wants to hear about it....