Hello Everyone. I am a 55 year old male who had spinal fusion surgery over a year ago. Through the years I encountered back issues on occasion where the frequency and intensity started to increase. I was able to work through it until the pain got to the point where something had to be done. I had Spinal fusion surgery over a year ago on my S1 through L4. It fixed the issue I was encountering but created other ones. Now, I have daily flucuating "boney aches" right on my lumbar spine area, tightness and aches in my right leg along with a burning sensation in my right thigh, and a tight skin feeling, aches, slight swelling, and burning sensation on the tops of both feet running from the ankle area to my toes. Since the surgery, I have gone through physical therapy and recently had spinal epidural injections. The injections is a temporary fix and has stopped the severe muscle spasms that I was encountering, and has decreased the tightness/ache in my right leg. However, I still encounter the fluxcuating ache on my spine and the issues with my feet on a daily basis. Their are occasions where it is tolerable and others not so. I am still taking muscle relaxers and pain medication daily. My surgeon informed me his part is done and referred me to the Pain Management Doctor that I am currently seeing and another doctor to file for medical disability due to my current condition and continued issues. What I thought was a little strange was the surgeon never showed me the x-rays and would always inform me everything was normal as far as the hardware and fusion. When I had the injections from the Pain Management Doctor, I noticed they printed out a 3D photo of my spine and hardware. When I saw the photo and started asking questions, I was informed by my current doctor that he would not discuss anything related to the hardware or fusion in the photo, that he was treating me for pain management, and to go back to the surgeon that performed the surgery if I had any questions concerning the hardware, etc. Kind of strange. Anyways, I was able to obtain the x-rays. Out of curiosity, I researched my symptons and reviewed other lumbar fusion x-rays that were available on line to compare. Unfortunately, I did not come across any that looked like mine and I am not a doctor. I will be moving outside the state very shortly and will be getting a second opinion from an outside doctor. Has anyone else encountered the same issues?
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