I wanted to share my story because I thought it may help someone else here. This past Thursday I woke up in the middle of the night, and it took me three tries to get up because I was so dizzy. That day I couldn't do hardly anything because of the dizziness. It got better, but I was still getting dizzy when I would get up or down from a chair or bed.
I thought that it was probably caused by Lyrica since dizziness was a potential side effect. Well, I went to PT today and they asked how I was doing (since I had to cancel the past Thursday). I explained how I was still dizzy getting up and down and how I thought it was because of my meds. My PT asked if he could do a test on me to see if it was an inner ear issue. (He had previously worked in a rehab hospital and had done this type of work). He did the test where he laid me back on the table with my head off the table and turned it to one side. Right away my head started spinning so bad I thought I was going to vomit. He sat me up and did the same thing, turning my head in the opposite direction. This time there was no spinning.
So, it was clear that the problem wasn't my meds, but an inner ear issue. He is going to talk to my surgeon (they are in the same suite) about next steps and let me know tomorrow.
Even though I am not happy to have another issue, I am just so thankful that my PT caught this! I was almost ready to have my surgeon's office take me off the Lyrica because of the dizziness. I don't know if they would have caught the problem.
I hope this helps someone else reazlie that you can still have separate issues not related to your back shortly after surgery.