Im almost 2 months post op.. I had an L5 S1 fusion and on my second epidural out of 3 for neck.
they said they needed at least 4 weeks between surgery and steroid injections.. I had a massave flare up in my neck post op.
They gave me oral steroids to hold me over till my epidural appointments. At the time I didnt think they were working.. about a week later my flare up swelling went down and I started my epidurals.. Havnt had any flare ups in my neck since..Great so far!
Now im getting a new pain my spine where the screws are.. its a sharp pain along with leg aching.. it feels like the protective swelling in my back went down.. I dont know if thats tru but its what it feels like.. I feel like im bone on bone..
Im writing it off as healing pain for now because norco makes it berable.. Ive cut my meds down to 5 a day before my surgery and kept it there other then some percocet post op.. . I feel like if it was not for this new back pain I could stop taking the meds and see where we are at.. My PM said just to keep taking the meds Im on and wait till he starts PT on my neck.. I might change my mind..lol..
anyway.. has anyone had this experience in healing or do you think I should go get a MRI or scan to see if its damaged.
thanks in advance