Hi All --
Hoping for the benefit of some advice/input, please....
I'm 4 weeks post op and guessing things are progressing normally, except that I have developed persistent low to mid back pain, which I have never had before. In PT, they say that it's because that area is compensating and is over worked, hence the pain and weakness. The thing is that I had my severe and unrelenting thoracic pain for 2 years pre-op caused by two bad cervical disks and even then didn't have lower back pain.
Also, I'm always exhausted ...sleeping 12 hours a night and expected to go back to work (desk job) on Monday full-time. That's making me nervous for sure.
I had my 2 week post op appt with the PA who only checked the incision and then said that they would see me in three months for CT Scan to check the fusion. I'm finding that most people have a 6 or 8 week check up/x-ray in between, but that's not the case with my Dr. Granted, I never really asked many questions after i found this surgeon because I had tried many Docs and every treatment known for my situation....I just wanted to get into surgery and get fixed. Although, he certainly didn't offer much info. Therefore, I really know next to nothing about what happened or will happen....that's definitely my fault. The surgeon I selected is very well known for his skill, but I guess we all know that skill doesn't translate into communication!
Anyway, if anyone has had similar problems....would love to hear back. Thanks so much!!