I had fusion surgery last Sept. on the L5/S1 and I have been in a lot of pain ever since surgery. I had another MRI last Friday and today the surgeon called to say that it looks like I will need rods inserted in my back (I didn't have any originally placed) because my L5 has movement causing the pain.
Apparently my surgeon inserted the "cage" but was not able to place the plate on the front to stabilize it, due to me having a "mess" of arteries they couldn't get around w/out severing them. So basically I just have the cage and cadaver bone in there. He says that the movement needs to be stabilized now with the rods.
I am having to quit the job I have as a dental supervisor due to not being able to sit 9 hours a day without having debilitating pain. I only feel good when I walk, and even that is getting more painful.
My question is, has anyone else ever had this after the L5 surgery?? I am so afraid of more surgery and not getting the relief I need to function. I am fortunate that I can quit my job for a while to try to heal, but I'm not so fond of having more surgery to have rods put in.
I'd love any advice or to hear of anyone going through this also. I thought I was going crazy with all this pain 10 mos. out from surgery.
Thank you all.