I had a 2 level (L4-S1 ALIF) done in 2007. I've recently started having pain when I sit and when I lay down in bed. It is bi-lateral pain that is about two inches off center of my spine line in the sacrum area. I've read that there is up to 75% SI joint problems within the first five years post lumbar fusion. I'm 11 years post op so I'm wondering from a statistical standpoint where 11 yrs falls into the probability of SI joint dysfunction. I'm not technically on any lifting restrictions, although common sense keeps me from doing too much. The pain has slowing been increasing, but in the past couple weeks has really come on strong.
I'm also wondering, after having an SI fusion, how much mobility is lost and what are standard restrictions after the procedure. Some of the SI comments on the board are a little terrifying to read!
Hopefully, my PM will want to do a diagnostic injection to rule in/out SI issues, but regardless if it is truly the SI joints, something down there is not happy!