I had L5/S1 spinal fusion in March 2015. All of last year did not seem too bad, either that or I kept telling myself to give my back time to heal and that it would get better. This year I'm not so sure. I have been having sharp jabs in lower back that at times almost brings me to my knees, mostly resulting from sitting to standing position. (Or after cleaning myself after bathroom break - you know hip twisting). There is also the major pulling strain in my hips making walking sometime miserable. Also the chronic "tailbone" pain when sitting, that I was told I had to deal with forever. Here's the thing - some days are better or worse than others. All resulting from too much work or exercise, not enough, or sleeping too hard and not moving much during the night. How warm or cold the weather is, etc. See, I have a pain management appointment scheduled for next week my primary doctor wanted me to go to. Here is my question, am I "jumping the gun" going? As of this week, my pain was totally tolerable and I feel foolish going. However I'm not sure how next week may turn out. The back doctor kind-of 'wrote me off' unless I want to go to his office for more back injections like I had twice already that lasted no more than 4 weeks at a time. Is a pain management specialist only for 24/7 type chronic pain?
I apologize for the length of my post but any input that may help my decision or put me at ease, would be appreciated.