I am now 9 months post op from a 2 level lumbar fusion and unfortunately for me, I am still in quite a lot of pain. Not that I expected to be pain free, mind you, but I certainly thought it would be better than this. I guess I am looking for a little hope, because as a 29 year old in otherwise relatively good health, I feel like every day I wake up in pain, I am closer to losing my mind. My worst fear is spending the next 50 years living like this. I don't take any pain meds because I have a 2 year old to care for, and my doc has basically written me off as a success because I am fused. He has done more steroid injections since my surgery (which never help) and then recommended me to a pain specialist who was a total quack and just wanted to put my on oxy.
I have gained probably 10 lbs since my surgery, exercise is not possible, and I am getting really depressed and angry. I imagine the advice here will be to see a doctor for meds, but I do try to avoid taking meds when possible.
Someone please say it gets better.