Has anyone suffered an overwhelming increase in back pain following a spinal fusion?
I had mine 10 years ago now and although not 100%....had been doing alright in my retirement. I had been a nurse for 40 years and although I tried couldn’t return to work comfortably, so decided to take early retirement and took a low dose of Tramadol and pregabalin and was able to do most activities.
Right now my pain is not very well controlled on fentanyl patches and pregabalin and when I get a flare up...about every 5 days....I take diazepam 2mgs three times a day.
My GP feels it is either wear and tear on the surrounding joints, but also feels it could be my SI joints.
So I’ve been left in this ‘the less I physically do....the less pain I have’....whilst if I walk more than a mile on the flat, sit down for long, bend forward, drive a car, do a bit of gardening, or even empty the dishwasher my back pain starts. I can point to the exact spot with a finger and it is where the dimple in your back is ,on the right side.As well as back pain I get radiating pain to my hip, down my leg and in my pelvic bone all on the same side.The only thing that stops the pain is lying down, flat in my back! It’s all very frustrating.
Has anyone had treatment following a successful diagnosis of SI joint pain, and had either one or both pinned? I would love to know if it was successful.