I had fusion about 14 months ago--losing track--not much relief, but it is supposedly fusing fine. We have been at a loss as to what is causing my ongoing pain and I think I have some answers.
1. Sitting...the more I sit, the stronger the muscles get, the longer I can sit the next time. It should, in theory, take longer and longer, in between sitting sessions for there to be pain since the muscles used are slowly growing stronger. At first, after my surgery, I couldn't sit at all--then a little bit, a little more, now I am able to sit for a long time before serious pain.
2. Laying down--no pain at all, for the most part.
3. Walking--no pain at all, until after when I stop.
4. STANDING....here is the kicker. If I stand in one spot, I hurt. I can't stand trying to have a long conversations with people...I normally have to sit down. Standing is my worse position. But perhaps it is my worst because it is the least used--it is the least position that I "Have" to use in life. I can always avoid standing for a long time, or sit down, or whatever. With sitting, you have to work through it because you can't avoid it in life. With laying down and walking the same thing. But maybe all this time, the muscles that deal with holding up the spine in a standing position have been so underworked because I will simply avoid standing positions. Maybe I have it all wrong and I should look to work the standing position as an exercise until those muscles are strong enough to support my back.
What do you think?