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"pinchie" pain after PLIF

annmarie824aannmarie824 Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello Everyone,
I am 6 weeks post op from 2 level ( L4 L5 and S1) PLIF. I am doing pretty good. I havent taken pain pills in weeks except occasionally for sleep. Lately when I go to the store or clean up around the house, I feel like a jab or pinch in my lower back or even in my butt cheeks! Sometimes there is pressure too. In the morning I am fine. The doc says to slow down a bit and stop the celebrex. I never know whats too much or whats too little. Any suggestions??
Thanks a bunch,


  • I would agree with your surgeon. At six weeks you are still VERY early in your recovery. Right now, that should be your main focus -- anything else is secondary. You should walk and rest, walk and rest. You'll be better off if you are not driving around, going to the grocery store, etc. At this point you really do not want to do anything that will jeopardize your surgery. Whenever you are on your feet, there is that much more pressure on your discs. Try to be patient and do not try to do too much too soon.
  • Wow, you are doing incredibly well. I had the same thing done in Dec along with a diskectomy and I am not doiing nearly as well as you. That is why we say, everyone heals at thier own rate. Take it easy. Think about driving as you use alot of your back muscles to use the brake and accelerator. I couldnt drive until 3 months. Do what your surgeon says, no BLT. You are doing great. Rest and walk and I am sure you will continue to do well.
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