Believe me, I know how frustrated you are. I had a fusion L4/5, L5/S1 IN 2003.
My L5/S1 is ok but the L4/5 has failed
Hopefully this is not the case with you~!
just wanted you to know that I REALLY understand your concerns
The tenderness is worrisome,...as is the continued (and worsening) pain your having - especially that it stays consistent daily always peaking high....are you still seeing a Dr now?
It could be that maybe you ARE having a hardware problem. From what I have read here from others I was hoping that was MY problem. Appears removal of hardware in many cases is like less than an hour deal! I tried all the ESI, Caudals, blocks you name it - but if you haven't perhaps you should ask your PM to do a hardware block - I knew a girl that tried this and prevented an unnecessary revision fusion.
Keep in mind March 2004 was over a year ago. Have you had any other recent tests or an MRI? I strongly urge you to get things checked out and make SURE all is ok. This would certainly help alleviate some of your worry and hopefully it's not something that can't be easily fixed.
Please keep us posted
and good luck!!