I’m 18 months post fusion L4/5 S1. Recently had both MRI and CT; neither showed the area very well. After seeing my surgeon, he concludes I look fused at the 4/5 but probably not at S1. He is sending me for epidural shots because he cannot explain the really bad pain both above and below my fusion. My hips and left leg are also affected. I’ve had numbness in my left buttock and thigh since surgery; apparently that will not go away. I spent a lot of time in physical therapy but managed to hurt my knee and both hands after the most recent visits (almost a year ago). I still walk everyday but feel myself “tightening” up. Any stretching or other exercise leaves the pain twice as bad the next day.
At 72, I’m not looking for more surgery based on this poor outcome. I might mention I have fibromyalgia and was warned fibro people don’t always have the best outcome.
What happens when a fusion doesn’t completely take? It won’t grow after all this time, will it? And No, I did not take NSAIDS and have never smoked.