I had my surgery Aug 21 and the first 2 days were easy. I have had ups and downs since including a readmit with pleurisy and atalectisis. Last Monday I overdue it - walked 3.8 km. With a 15 minute break in the middle and then went out in evening mostly standing, walking or sitting for short periods. Needless to say my pain got worse and I had to take pain meds 3 times in 24 hours. I took it easy for the next few days but resumed shorter walks. ASIDE from my back issues I also Have rheumatoid arthritis and have taken daily ant-inflammatory since age 28 (now 60). I have had to stop them as kidney function appears to be getting worse. I had been back to taking only 1 oxi-ir 5 at bedtime, but since Thursday have had increasing pain to the right side of my incision which is worse when I try to get up from my recliner or out of bed. Pain is so intense I yell, but once I am moving it is tolerable. I can't help worrying about whether I have damaged something on that side. Any thoughts? It is a week-end so not sure what to do. My GP was pleased with me on Thursday and we restarted methotrexate for my RA.