L4-L5-S1 Fusion Pain from Hardware and/or SI Joints
Hi! I am 32 years old and one year from my fusion and I bounced back quickly after the surgery. Within months I was back at th gym and feeling great. About 8 months I rapidly began to regress. My surgeon though it was stress and put me on rest and PT for a few weeks with no relief. He now thinks the hardware might be bothering my muscles. The pain is in my lower back (no pain down legs) and only hurts when I am walking like around the store, grocery shopping or just plain walking. Doens't hurt to sit or lay down. I am taking several pain medicines and NSAIDS and using patches with no relief. Went to see a pain management doctor and he thinks it's my SI joints. So I got injections on each side last week..and no relief whatsoever. I go back to the pain management doctor this week and I am sure he will want to try again. I am also trying to see a new ortho for a 2nd opinion. Has anyone had their hardware removed? My fusion is solid. What is the recovery? Any relief? I was super active, running, working out, yoga, pilates, and more and miss my life. I just got married and my husband misses the woman he fell in love with. Any advice is greatly appreciated! I see so much negativity on these boards there has to be light at the end of this painful tunnel.