Sciatic pain after spinal fusion
I had spinal fusion-L3-S1-with instrumentation the end of September '09. According to my xrays, I have good bone growth,which is great. From the day of my surgery to the first of the year, I had ZERO sciatic pain. Then the first of the year I started with the pain again. At first it was just in my lower back-it has progressed to pain down the leg to the foot,leg weakness and the beginning of drop foot. My surgeons comment when I told him about the pain was "Your spine is fused-that wouldn"t cause the pain" My PCP sent me for a CT scan that showed bone spurring L5-S1. According to my surgeon the spurring is not causing the sciatica. He is ending me for an EMG next week to see if I have permanent nerve damage.
I have been fighting the back pain for about 10+ years. I tried epidural injections,TENS, PT,traction, bed rest and now finally surgery. The only good thing about the surgery is that I have been able to go from Oxycontin and Percs to 7.5 vicodin-but I am tired of being on the drugs-PERIOD!!
I thought the surgery was going to help fix the problem and in a way it has made it a little better-but the pain that I have now is like it was BEFORE the surgery,so did the surgery really 'fix' anything?