Wow, am I glad I found this place. I have a few questions regarding post op of L5 S1 fusion. No hardwear but my own bone graft and a 5 inch insion. I have DDD and I chose to only have a single fusion at this time even though L4 L5 is pretty bad.
I'm 5 weeks out and I'm still dealing with a significant amount of pain. I expected to be further along by now. My pain meds are Lortab 5/500 and I still take 4 to 5 a day. In the morning I feel as if I've been beat with a base ball bat over night and pain around the surgery site increases as my day goes on. I am staying very active, (light house work, grocery shopping, sewing, cooking, lots of walking, ect..) Am I doing too much? Not enough? If all I do is walk and lay down, I can do without the meds, but I am one who believes in pushing myself and I am a pretty active person anyway.
I have been seeing a massage theripist that is amazing. After an hour on her table, I have about an hour of feeling like a normal person. Something I haven't experianced in about 2 1/2 years.
Any advice is appriciated. I have other quesitons to anyone who wants to educate a rookie.