Hi everybody. Haven't posted too much lately because I've been back at work full time and just exhausted when I get home but hope all my spiney friends are well and surviving tax day!
Here's my latest development....starting at about 4 months post op I recognized an escalation of back pain. Now, at 5 months post op it is really awful. On top of that, doc's office downgraded my meds from lortab to darvocet recently. So as I preach, I didn't mess around (that's what the doc gets the big bucks for.) I called the doc's office and asked to see the doc, explaining that my pain was increasing (I was originally scheduled for a checkup at 6 months but was still a month shy of the half year mark.) They worked me right in and today they did a complete xray workup.
Findings - hardware in place and alignment is good. Xray positive for bone development although fusion not yet "complete." Doc says I am one of a "subset" of people who have problems with scar tissue causing alot of pain. He has ordered me into physical therapy. I will say that he was very concerned and wants to see me again in 6 weeks. Was also very sympathetic. He has allowed me to finally start back on ibuprofen (YEAH!)
Question-(sorry so wordy)-has anybody else experienced this? Honestly, I am is so much pain at the end of the day after sitting at a desk for 8 hours that I feel like I could take a bottle of hydrocodone and still hurt (not that I would, mind you.) I am determined to work through this and do whatever I have to do to make my back "loosen" up and get back to some kind of normal. Will greatly appreciate any feedback and/or advise any of you can give me. Am starting to get discouraged. So what's new? Don't we all?