Its been a few wks since I posted but have still been here reading others advice.Im 8 wks since 7 level fusion/scoliosis correction etc & my pain is still v v severe. I am doing my prescribed back exercises, walking short distances (was doing longer but took sandi's advice & shorter , more frequent was resulting in less pain) many times a day, resting a wee bit in between-but still feel a lot of pain.I am seeing surgeon (+ xrays) thurs but wonder if anyone else is still having a lot of pain 8 wks post fusion. Im trying to keep positive but had a couple of teary days recently. They don't help so won't dwell on them.reducing meds to as little as I can get away with but it is a juggle-increase in activity=increase in pain=more meds.I really don't want to be taking opioid related meds at this stage & try to manage with paracetamol but if I do I can barely move & hence can't do walks etc which are essential - vicious circle. Im pushing on walking regardless (short& frequent) .I know my surgeon emphasised not to take anti inflammatory meds as they inhibit fusion taking place but they really are the only thing that helps & i much prefer them to opoid drugs (he said the odd a ' inflammatory ok).Anyway this post wasn't really about meds-i suppose I'll just have to accept maybe another few weeks of strong ones occasionally will be necessary but has anyone experienced such pain 8 wks on . sorry this msg is a bit longwinded I am bit upset as was really hoping to be much better by now. For example yesterday after one of my walks in the evening I was barely able to walk a step or 2 without v severe pain & was unable to climb stairs to go to bed until I'd laid & rested for couple hrs & taken couple of tramadol tablets? ?? Am I just expecting too much too soon or is this normal? ? Sorry for ranting & thank you.