I found a link to this site from a back pain group on Facebook. I recently had a spinal fusion at L4-5 (January 20th) and was trolling through the internet trying to find some information on post operative recovery. Either I am not looking in the right place or there is very little out there!
I am hoping that whilst I move around this site I will find some of the answers I seek! Whilst the pain in my legs is much improved my lower back pain is just as awful as it was before. I currently take Fentanyl 50mcg, Naproxen, Paracetomol and Amitryptilin 50-75mg for my pain and was seriously hoping to reduce and get off of the awful Fantanyl.
So far I am still at the same level of pain meds as before the surgery. I wanted off before I went back to work but not getting very far at the moment. I am down to half pay and work are nagging me about when I am going back. I don't feel anywhere near ready yet. I am a curriculum development teacher for maths and so have to drive around the county a lot and lug all my teaching equipment with me (not great for my back).
I am trying to find out how long a piece of string is? Just joking, I am trying to find out how long it will take until I start to feel better? Seems there are as many answers to that one as the piece of string question. I don't seem to find any answers. I am due to get married next May and am hoping to walk up the aisle not hobble up there.
Anyway, I wanted to say hi. I am going to trawl through this site and see what I can find before my 37 year old mind and body go to mush or the fentanyl sends me to sleep!!