I had L4-S1 fusion with all the hardware including cages. I have been experiencing alot of pain still and don't feel like I am any better then what I was prior to surgery. Is this normal? I originally had pain in my back around where my hip bones go into the spine. And now after the surgery that pain has started up again! I am still taking quite a bit of pain pills, but I am stubborn, so I haven't taken as many as I can. Could this be the problem?
Please Help! I go for my first post op on 5/20... do I need to call my doctor before hand?
2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times