Spinal fusion 34 years ago-spondylolethesis is back!
Newbie here. I'm so glad I found this site. I'm wondering if anyone else is, or has been, going through this.
I had a fusion when I was 21 (34 years ago) on my L5-S1 with bones taken from my hips. The past couple of years I have had so much low back pain with radiating pain down my legs. Doctors kept calling if fybromyalgia but I just "knew" something else was wrong. Finally had an x-ray which show I have spondylolethesis again, same place, "showing evidence of previous fusion". I guess this means my fusion has let go, or weakened, but I haven't seen a specialist yet.
Hopefully they will do a CT Scan or MRI to get a more clear picture of what is going on. Does anyone know what they do in a case like this? I'm sure things have come a long way since I had my fusion, with 10 days in a circular bed and 6 months in a back brace. Has anyone had their fusion fail after many years and need it redone?
Much thanks for any replies. I'm scared to death.