It all just gets me soooo depressed sometimes.... It's constant, it's there 24-7, I have good days, but mostly bad days with that dull achey pain. I do my excersises, I walk, I still take 3-4 percocets per day, (only way to stay on top of the pain).
I'm just really tired of it. I am 1 year 2 months post from my 3 level lumbar spinal fusion (plif), 2-6" rods, 6 screws. I know it takes about 2 years before I'm allowed to complain, but I'm SICK of this!!!!
I'm doing alright I guess, I'm basically (trying) to live my old normal life, I get extremely frustrated cause there's so many things I cannot do anymore. I use to be a very active 53 year old woman.
Now, I still can't stand in one spot for more than 10 minutes at the most just cooking dinner, (I sit down between each course), it's still painful to sit in the bath-tub to shave my legs, (I do it, but it puts me on the couch for a whole day. And ladies you know as well as I do, we know we're suppose to squat with our legs to pick stuff up, BUT, we just can't do it 50 times a day, seems there's always something to bend over for!! By evening, I am so sore from bending over all day that I CAN'T bend over one more time!!
I wear my Tens Unit when I go shopping. I still have to use my lumbar pillow while driving, I still wake up around 2:30-3am with throbbing pain, especially when I roll to my right.
I guess what I'm wanting to know, after this length of time, is anybody out there STILL going through the same thing? I guess I'm just needing some support from other spiney's. I know we're suppose to have "PATIENCE" with spinal fusion surgery,... BUT my patience is running thin!! Does it EVER really go away?