I had an L4-S1 PLIF last Oct and recovery went pretty well. I finished PT about 3 weeks ago. But...I'm still getting a lot of constant dull to strong pain in my legs in addition to more than a little pain in my back and hips. The surgeon and PM docs think the scar tissue may be a contributing factor. The PM is giving me an injection on Monday to help "clear up" the scar tissue. He also started me on Neurontin (ramping up to full dose over 3 weeks)...he wanted to do Lyrica but wonderful Tricare insists I try Neurontin first and suffer the side effects.
What I'm wondering is if I'm the only one out there who is still in pain despite a relatively clean MRI. I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep due to mostly local pain, i.e. around the incision/hardware area. I still can't sit/stand/lay down for extended periods of time (30 min or less without pain on good days).
I rarely make it to work by 0730...standard time for active duty air force folks...due to the combination of restless sleep and meds (Soma too)...it's getting old both for me and for my co-workers who I hate to jerk around. A few days ago I had to sit down with my commander and explain why I couldn't accept a job he had worked to get me...I wanted to craw into a hole and die rather than disappoint him.
What gives?! I'm sick of hearing that I should be feeling much better by now..I'm not. Anyone else out there [been] in this situation?