Well, it's January and i'm doing the same if not a bit worse than prior to my June L4/5 fusion (w/hardware & bolted to S1) surgery.
The cold is especially a problem which I'll blame on the new metal inside. My 'getting kicked in the right nut' pain has come back and is constant so i'm taking more meds to keep that pain level down. Upper thoracic pain is more constant.
I wound up firing my surgeon last month due to the fact that my pain meds ran out (one pill every four hours isn't enough most days) and the last refill ran out a few days prior to my next visit but he wouldn't give me another refill just to get me through those few days so, bye bye...
I then met with my primary doc who gave me a new refill. We taled about the suregery and the resultant condition and he said no more surgeries as this one didn't really make a difference. I'm now trying Lyrica as an option to the oxycodonne but it doesn't seem to be doing much.
I gave myself a good scare yesterday as the %#*@!! skylight in my kitchen started leaking. I'm in NH so I was surprised as it was about 20 degrees yesterday, so I went on the roof and started shoveling off what ice was there from the last snowfall/shoveling the other week(s) ago.
Stupid me put my foot in the wrong play and fell then slid uncontrollably 6 feet towards the edge of the roof but stopped right at the edge. It would've only been a 7' fall to the porch...;>)
Anyway, the surgery was a bust even though I was feeling real good there for a month or 2 afterwards.