I have been having a lot of stiffness and pain in my back where the fusion was performed. While it is not unmanageable, and I very very rarely feel the need to take medicine for it, it upsets me b/c I feel like I always have to take it easy and can't run as far as I'd like, or do certain exercises, or can't sit on the floor to watch a movie, etc. And I go to bed at night all stiff and sore.
Is this normal for everyone that has a fusion? I thought at some point all these aches would go away, but while they did recede for a few months, they seem to be back daily. Is this what instrumental pain is? There is no nerve pain involved; it is all local to the fusion site.
Those that have had pain from their instrumentation, would you mind explaining what it felt like? Or those a year or two out of surgery, do you still have slight back pain?