i started seeing my chiropractor again now that my fusion is stable. she has always been able to solve some very elusive issues with my back, neck, shoulders, etc., so i was happy to see her again and hear her perspective.
i also started with massage therapy (she has a very technically advanced therapist who i greatly admire). i then went over my whole sordid history with my back surgeries and shared what the consensus seems to be among doctors -- that my pain seems to emanate from scar tissue adhering to the l5 nerve root, and possibly from my s-i joint as well.
she made some minor adjustments to my back, all the while being respectful and careful around my fusion area.
she also suggested that she has had good success using cold laser treatment on other patients who had "failed surgeries".
i had never heard of this, but i did find an informative article on this very site:https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/pain-management/cold-laser-therapy-pain-management-treatment
i'm wondering if anyone has had success with this in breaking up or otherwise resolving pain that is related to scar tissue. if you are like me, you are willing to try just about anything to stop this pain, especially since my fusion seems to have been elegantly executed and this is just a very unfortunate side-effect.