I am now 8 weeks Post PLIF with screws and rods, bone graft, etc.
I am having pain in my back along the side where the fusion is. It's like someone socked me in the back. Not sure if this is normal. Periodically, my back will hurt,usually from doing something stupid like twistng or reaching. But then it will go away, like a sore muscle would. However lately, seems to be a daily problem.
I have been trying to back off the Vicodin and Tramadol and cannot totally stop because of this pain - as well as leg pain. I was taking 1800 mg of Gabapentin - got down to 600 and now going to go back up to 900 to see if leg pain eases.
I try to walk twice a day for 20-25 minutes each time, but generally only make it once, because my back will start hurting again.
Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what this can be. I did put in a call to my NS and waiting to hear. I do not have an appt to see him until Feb. 28 (3months post) at which time he will do my first X-ray.
Thanks for your help.