DH is 3 months post op from a 1 level (l4/l5) TLIF with disk removal and laminectomy. Although he is somewhat better he is still not good. He is trying to lower his pain medication (oxycontin,oxycodone) slowly, but he is still in a lot of pain, mostly in the sacrum area and burning in his butt. Sitting is very problematic. We even got another car because our older one was too small. This one is better but is still hard to sit. He is very depressed. He took Lyrica for a month and that really messed him up with TERRIBLE side effects and withdrawals. These still occur occasionally a month after he's been off it. We are both very discouraged that we will ever have a normal life without pain. I know he feels like a prisoner in his own home and doesn't see a hopeful future.
Anyone like to share where they were at 3 months post op? Meds, pain levels, mobility. The doctor won't say much other than "you may be one of a small percentage that takes longer for the nerve pain to resolve". Uh...not very encouraging Doc.
Any help would be appreciated.