I injured my back on 6/11/09, had surgery on 10/23/09 to repair my L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs. The procedures included a discectomy, foraminotomy, fusion and laminectomy. Since my surgery, I'm no longer able to sit for any prolonged period of time and most often I stand wherever I go, and only sit to ride or drive. In addition, I used to sleep on my back but now I can only get comfortable on my right side (ironically, the side that I had the surgery on) and am in excruciating pain when I lie on my left side and even more when I lie on my back.
On the rare occassions that I do lie on my back, it's when I'm already asleep and I'm always awakened with extreme pain in my back and the pain is so severe that I can feel it in the right side of my chest. I'm dealing with a popping feeling in my lower back and buttock, my right hip and even so far as my right foot as I now limp due to my back pain.
Is this normal? I've started therapy for the 3rd time and I'm getting ready to go into Work Hardening, but will this help relieve the constant pain that I'm in now? My Neuro-Surgeon who operated on me keeps prescribing me NSAIDS for pain although I've told him time and time again that I'm allergic to them. What do I need to expect and where to do I go from here?
Because I was injured at work, I can only go where the insurance authorizes me to go.