Coming up 4yrs ago I had a spinal fusion L5 S1 for degenerative spondylolsisthesis.
I was told up to 2 yrs recovery, after this time I was by all means any better,but actually worse than before the op.
After months of 2nd opinions, MRI scans,xrays etc I was sent to see a rheumatologist, where I was diagnosed with Fibro.
This was due to the trauma of the spinal fusion.
I was also sent to pain management, as I was experiencing excruciating hip pain,which felt like they were being squashed in a vice. I was diagnosed with Sacroiliac joint problems.
I now have Bi lateral SI joint injections through epidural every 8 months.
I don't think at the time they have worked,until I can feel it wearing off and then I know about.
I had my last lot of injections beginning July and felt great,been away to Spain for a week,as the heat helps and don't suffer. Just been back over a week and I am suffering terrible, but it only started yesterday.
I'm walking like John Wayne!!
All the area where I had my fusion,both hips and both legs directly at the back including calf's (calfs feel like I have had cramp in them,as really sore to touch) and ankles are the worst pain ever.
I have no pain in my buttocks, as you would get with Sciatica.
I've had every pain meds out there and the only one's that give me some relief are Dihydrocodiene, paracetamol, diazepam, lidocaine patches and cbd oil.
This is the worst I have been in a long time.
Can anybody enlighten me or has anyone experienced anything like this before?