I also want to welcome you and like all the others, am sorry you have reason to be here. That being said, this site and the people have been a godsend for me in coping with chronic pain and all it has done to my life.
I had a double fusion (L4-S1) last year - 9/11/07. Probably should have guess from the date things wouldn't go well! It's hard for me to believe it's coming up on a year. The one thing I would say is the recovery time estimates from my neurosurgeon's office were way off base. But it sounds like you're doing all you can with PT and water therapy. The surgery, sadly, never helped me. Still have sciatic pain down legs and numbness in both feet. Now I also have muscle pain around the fusion site. I was told maybe the nerve would heal but truthfully I've never experienced any relief, so I'm not banking on it. If it happens, wonderful. If not.....well, what can I say? I put my head in the sand and go to the Beach Party thread where I can live in a virtual body. Imagination. Not a cure but a definite help, along with a ton of meds.
I do wonder about
your excruciating pain, though. I never had that. Actually, I was surprised that the pain wasn't worse, but I did have a minimally invasive procedure - with screws, rods, etc. Like someone else mentioned, I'd check with your surgeon and they may want to do nore X-rays or MRI's (I can have MRI's but with contrast but was told X-rays actually show the fusion better). I'm concerned about
your not being able to straighten. I never had that issue. But if you had a "traditional" surgery and more muscle was cut, that could be it. Does your PT think what you're experiencing is normal?
Don't know if any of this helps, but I do know we all understand pain. And the fact most of our friends and family, even though they may try, often don't get it. Because I can walk and move around, people keep telling me I look so good and sometimes I want to scream, as my pain is nerve pain not so much muscle.
Anyway, welcome to our family!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 8/16/2008 12:29:06 PM (GMT-6)