Hi there. I was just wondering if i could get some feedback from people who have had the similar surgery as me as to recuperation,etc. I had a two level fusion L3-5 and bone spurs removed at L5-S1 on June 30. I am still required to wear my back brace, still can't drive, etc. My leg pain is pretty much gone with the exception if i sit too long then i get some numbness and tingling. I am still having a tremendous amount of back pain and muscle spasms. There are some days I am scared I won't be able to get out of bed. I am currently taking Norco, Oxycontin, Neurontin, Valim, Baclofen and Cymbalta. I am weaning off the neurontin right now. My 6 week postop went well and x-rays looked good, i just don't know if all this pain i am in is normal. I have a sedentary job, and know there is no way i could go back to work and sit all day at this point. I go back for my 12 week postop on sept 24. I have also noticed as the weather has been getting colder, my pain seems to increase. I guess I am just panicking because it seems like lately I am having more bad days than good. Anyways, any info would be appreciated.
6/30/09 two level fusion with instrumentation L3-5 and bone spurs removed at L5-S1 for herniated disc/stenosis
3/2009 trial of spinal cord stimulator
3/2008 bilateral lumbar laminectomy supposed to have been done at L4-5 but was improperly done at L3-4
Numerous injections over the years, too many to count
Been a walking pharmacy since my first surgery in 2008, which obviously didn't help.