I was on here some last year under the name mellymelmel. At that time, I had been struggling with severe back pain since September 2008 (I had a discectomy on L4-L5 in January 2002). The area below my discectomy had blown, meaning I was in pain from my L5-S1. It was horrible, sharp, radiating pain down both legs, but much worse in my left. We tried neurotin, Lyrica, and three injections, with no relief. On June 22--6 weeks ago--I had a bi-level fusion done.
While my spine feels "stronger"-like it's more durable, if that makes sense--and the pain in my left leg is much better, I am in tremendous pain in my lower back, my hips, and ironically, the right leg. I've been walking as much as I can, and even walk in the pool to alleviate the pounding on the joints, and the pain is still there. By nightfall, I just rotate the ice packs and pray. I just finished my last Lortab prescription left from the pain doctor (who managed my injections, same office as my ortho).
Is it normal to be in this much pain six weeks out? I have two pre-teen sons and a toddler daughter, and need to heal already, and most of all, I don't know how much more pain I can take. Pain before surgery, pain immediately following surgery...I don't know if I can handle this forever. Help!?!