I am now almost 4 months post op from my PLIF at L4-L5. For the most part, my life is back to normal now. No more accidents, no more excruciating pain... THe past week or so, my back has been killing me. I stopped taking my Vicodin about 2 months post op, but still have some left. This past week I have taken them almost every day. I am supposed to be in physical therapy now, but I lost my job while I was on medical leave and have been desperately searching for another one.
I do go to the YMCA every day for at least an hour and walk a few miles even though it hurts like hell when I am done. I have been taking tylenol and ibuprofen but they are not helping. THe pain. is not from the surgical site usually but more in my thoracic and cervical sprine. Has anyone else had this problem this far out at post op? Should I ask my surgeon for more pain pills just in case or what?
Also, anyone else having problems sleeping since their surgery. My life is tylenol and OTC sleeping pills. Even with the OTC pills, and with the change in schedule seeing as though I dont have a job, I finally doze off at about 4-5 am and do not wake up until noon. I have tried staying up all night and exhausting myself for the next one, but that does not work either. God, anesthesia does crazy things to the body. I am sorry this is so long winded, I have had a rather bad day pain wise. I swear I can almost feel the screws today.
Any advice is welcome. It is good to know I am not alone when it comes to this.