I am almost 6 weeks post op. had L5/S1 instumentation removal, L4/S1 fusion and decompression with instrumentation. I have no back pain, just pain over the bone graft area on my right hip at the back. Since the beginnig of the week, I have been experiencing lower back pain. Not really pain, almost a discomfort as if you have your periods. Also, my right knee started acting up. When I stand, I don't feel pain, but when I walk it is painful and when I lie down, it almost kills me. Painkillers is not helping, ice helps a little bit, but not much. It is so painful when I lie down, I cannot sleep. It does not matter if I lie on my back or sides, legs straigt or bent, elevated or flat, brace on or off, it is really hurting. It feels like it is inside the knee, I cant really pinpoint where the pain is. Can my back be causing this? I cannot ask my doc as he is on leave for this week.
If you maybe have advice on how to lie to have minimum pain, that will also help alot!
Ps, I have an infection at the top of my incision. Currently cleaning the wound once a day and dressing it with medical silver. Also on double strengt antibiotics. Doc did have a look and said the infection is superficial and did not go deep, but I'm still worried that maybe, just maybe it is deeper than they think and somehow that is causing the knee pain...