1 yr post fusion & still in horrible pain
I'm new to this board, but have been a member of the WebMD board for years. A quick history, I have suffered from sever low back pain for 4 years. I had two herniated discs (L3-L5), DDD, and spinal stenosis. i tried literally everything to avoid surgery, but 14 months ago I had a two level 360 fusion. Since the surgery my sharp pain, radiating pain, and numbness in my feet and legs has gone away. The docs say everything has healed and fused as it should, but I am still in constant horrible pain. The pain is now localized in my lower back and is a very intense ache that never goes away and gets worse when I go to bed. The docs don't think it's nerve damage. I'm still having to take 6 percocet 10's a day. My pain management doc wants to try an injection where the screws meet the bone. He said if that helps then the screws may be the source of the pain and may need to be removed. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this pain? Is it likely the screws? Are there any tests to be done? Are there any common reasons people experience pain like this after a fusion? I'm running out of options and don't know what else to do. The pain is taking over my life. Please help. Thanks.
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