I just had to share my experience with others in the event that I might be able to help anybody. I've been back at work since 6 weeks post op and full-time for the past 2 months. I've been experiencing awful, searing, burning pain beginning around 11 or 12 every day. I went to my doc last week and he confirmed that everything looked good on xray and that I was forming bone. He has ordered physical therapy for me (for which I'm thankful) and suggested that the problem might be scar tissue.
Well, the breakthrough is this.....I took my balance ball to work today and sat on it for 8 hours rather than my "orthopedic" chair. I made it all the way to 5 pm without having to take any narcotics. A HUGE and measureable improvement! Yes, it was tiring sitting on the big, green ball and I know I looked goofy!!!!! And yes, my back still hurts (it's now 7 pm) but nothing like the levels I've been experiencing. Imagine my surprise that it made so much difference! So I've now ordered a balance ball chair (go to Amazon.com and query "balance ball chair" or google the same) and I shall henceforth avoid 8 hours of sitting in a chair like the plague.
I so hope that those of you struggling with working an 8 hour day at a desk might be helped with the idea of changing to some other type of sitting arrangement. Incidentally, I also looked at the kneeling type of chairs. But the balance ball chair also helps with core strengthening and since it forced me to hold my spine so straight it appears to have remove a good deal of the pressure and pain. Besides, since I already had a balance ball I could test the concept before making the $80 investment in the ball chair.
I'll keep everybody updated but I know that many of you are suffering with the sitting issue so maybe this little tip will help. Try different chairs, lumbar supports, anything that will help and don't give up!!!!