Hi -
My fusion (no instrumentation) is over thirty years old, and about three years ago pain from disc degeneration and stenosis started. The lower fusion has held up well, so far, the upper fusion has lost 35% of correction. I donít take pain medication anymore; everything Iíve ever tried has eventually caused GI problems. I have been to two surgeons, both who have said they would replace two discs and fuse the remaining un-fused lower part of my spine (L4 to sacrum).
What I am wondering is after being fused to the sacrum how long have people been on pain medication after surgery? Did having the surgery really lessen your pain and allow you to stand and walk more (without medication)? I realize everyone is different when it comes to pain - but your input would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your insights.
T 87
L 72