My combined anterior and posterior l4 - s1 instrumented fusion was about 4 weeks ago. I am still in pain later in the day and first thing in the AM. Even though I have a fentanyl patch, I wake up in excrutiating pain and take percocet. The mornings are actually pretty good. Then as the afternoon goes on, the pain increases again. Burning sharp pain in my left butt cheek (which I had prior to this surgery as well) and pain running down the back of my right leg.
Am I just being a wimp and need to suck it up? Note: I have a call in to my doctor to discuss.
Thanks for any perspective you are willing to share.