I am so discouraged. Had fusion with decompression on L5-S1 on 4/11. First week of recovery, i dont remember. I was so drugged. Had a rough few days at home with med issues but NO back pain! I was shocked and told everyone how i have no pain even though i had spinal surgery. Well fast forward to now, 3 weeks post op, and there is pain. Not even at the level where the fusion was done, but above it where the incision starts. Its not the incision......maybe the muscles that were cut?
I was only taking 10 mg of Opana ER every 12 hrs for pain. Nothing else during the day. Today I had to take 5 mg of oxycodone around 2pm. I just couldnt take it. I feel pretty down about having to take a pain killer during the day. I thought things were going amazing, was off of so many other meds, and was ready to love life again. Now i feel weak. Like i couldnt tough it out better.
Feeling so discouraged.
Is it normal to have post op pain at 3 weeks? How long were you on pain meds for a spinal fusion like mine?
DDD 2 level ALIF L3-L5 in 2007. 4/11/13 posterior fusion w/decompression on L5-S1.