I had a lumbar L4-L5 fusion in June. I had a few really good months wondering what took me so long. After that my low back pain came back. Different than before, but equally as painful. I could hardly straighten up after bending, even slightly, couldn't walk or sit for long. I was crawling in bed at night. I've been back to the neurosurgeon and he has sent me for a CT, then a myelogram with CT, with both results showing a good fusion. I had degenerative disc disease but new tests can't indicate where the 'pain' is coming from at this point. I went through pain managment before the surgery with no help. Now the Dr wants to send me back to the pain manageent. After my last visit I was given a weeks worth of prednisone. I feel 75% better. I am so cared this will leave as I took my last dose yesterday. My back feels better, I have energy, I can even use the bathroom. It is like my whole system changed. I am just tired of going and paying a huge co-pay to see the 'PA' when I expect to see the surgeon and to be told to take another test. Try this....etc.
I am only 40. Any ideas? Advice? Is prednisone a magic pill? Thanks
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