I had a spinal fusion 2 weeks ago, fused the bottom vertebrae to the tailbone with rods and enlarged the holes in the bone where the nerves pass through, and added a bone graft so the 2 will grow together. I've been looking through the posts about post-op nerve pain and how long it takes the nerves to settle down again, and all I can say is, misery loves company! I feel better knowing I am not the only one having this issue. It took almost 20 yrs for a doctor to finally pinpoint the problem, so those nerves have been pinched/compressed for a very long time, and now after the surgery, they are "waking up" again, and oh, boy, does it ever hurt!! I still have good days and bad days, and when I get to feeling too good, I tend to do too much, and end up paying for it later. I guess the trick is to just take it very easy, even if you are feeling much better!
I do have a question that no one has addressed yet that I have seen: compression stockings. How long do you have to wear them after surgery?
Another concern I have: staples. They say they aren't taking them out until 6 weeks after, which kind of freaks me out! Isn't that too long, and won't they have started growing over by then?? I did talk to the nurse who spoke to the doctor and they are going to look at them after 4 weeks, but even so, that still seems awfully long to leave them in!