I will be three months post spine fusion on March 2. I am 62 years old and in pretty good health. I work full time and returned to work mid January part time and past two weeks put in full days. I work in an office environment and do spend quite a bit of time at my desk.
My concerns at this point are my pain meds and should I still need them. I am currently on hydrocodone 5/500 and need to take one every 4 to 5 hours. I have tried to cut back to 1/2 pill but that did not relieve the pain. I also tried going with Tylenol only which also provided little relief.
The pain I have is different than what I had prior to the surgery. That pain was excruiating and was from the synovial cyst pressing on the the nerves near my spine. I would call what I have now more of an ache in the back. But the type of ache that makes it difficult to function.
When I wake in the morning, it does not bother me for about the first 15 minutes when I get up. I acutally feel pain free for that 15 minutes. Then it starts to ache and the pain meds are needed. I sleep well at night and when my back is really bothering me I lie down on my bed with a heating pad and that really helps.
I would really appreciate any feedback on what others have experienced with their spine fusion and continuing discomfort. I have my 2nd follow-up with my surgeon on March 3 so will have to address the pain issue with him at that time.
Throughout this healing process I've had major concerns regarding becoming addicted to the pain meds warranted or not.