I had a L4-S1 fusion three years ago. Prior to it I had never had leg pain and the fusion went really well. I was working out again after 6 months, fully fused at 8 months and all my back pain had gone.
January this year I started getting leg pain. Initially just back of my thigh in one area. Since then it's progressed to my entire leg and I get pins and needles and numbness in my foot. Sitting is very bad but it's 24x7 agonising pain that I can't get away from. I've got weakness in my leg, can't walk far and I'm in the worst pain I've ever been in.
My surgeon did an MRI 3 months ago and said my back looks great. He prescribed me gapupentin which really doesn't help much and helps even less since my PCP cut my dose to one a day.
I asked for a referral to pain management and really liked the doctor. I had a very long appointment and he's convinced it's my back. He couldn't find a reflex in my foot and wants me to go for an EMG.
It seems odd that this started so long after my fusion.
Has anyone got any experience of nerve issues after such a long post op period?