I dont know where to start or where to go with this story....had my fusion of L5-S1 on Feb.1. I thought all went great. The burning of my right leg was gone. For the next few months I still had bad pain in my lower back. I assumed it was surgical pain still. Here I am still in pain and its nearly October. I've been to my surgeon many times telling him that my lower back is killing me, so he sent me to Phys Therapy (after he told me at my 3 month post op that he thinks PT is a waste of time) and he sent me to PM for injections. I had an injection in my SI joint and 2 caudal injections with no relief. My PM doc is so amazingly wonderful. He has been supportive of finding out the reason I still have such pain. Sent me to MRI and that showed mild buldge at L4-L5 with central canal narrowing of 9mm. When I showed the MRI report to my surgeon he said ehh you have arthritis. Really?? Arthritis? Im miserable. Its interfering with my life. Now, I am starting to have issues with my bladder, like it gets too full and then starts leaking. PM said that is my back and when i called the Surgeon his PA said its not back related becuase they didn't work on anything that low. It seems all he is focused on is the level he fused, and he won't expand his horizons and find out what is going on elsewhere. I go back to him on Tuesday. My PM said if he doesn't offer to do anything to look for any more issues to call him right away and he will help me. Its good to have someone on my side, but it would be better if it was my surgeon! My primary care said he wanted me to go to a neuro and called over the referral. They won't see me becuase it hasn't been a year yet. I dont know what to do, where to go, I feel like I'm running in circles. I start nursing school again in Jan (after taking the year off for my ALIF) and I have GOT to have this resolved!!!
SOOO sorry this has gotten long, I dont have anyone at all to talk to about this.