Here's the 3 month update on Chris' fusion. Previous posts about the progress he has made and the challenges he's faced since his second surgery, a L2-5 posterior lumbar fusion with L4-5 TLIF are in the archives under the same title.
Activity: Chris is walking 4-6 miles per day.
Sitting: Still difficult for longer periods.
Restrictions: No BLT
Pain: Chris continues to have low back pain, hopefully due to the continuos narcotic withdrawl. he's also had SI and L5-S1 pain; the PM MD has treated these areas with trigger point injections. He has added ketamine (sp?) to the local anesthetic to retrain the nerve pathways. It seems to have helped.
Meds: Chris is still tapering down the oxycontin. He's now at 40 mg 3xday, a lower dose than he has been on since before surgery #1. He tried tapering off of the Lyrica and his low back pain shot through the roof, so he's holding at 75 mg 3xday and will try a Lyrica taper again when the nerves have had more thime to heal. He also takes Celebrex and Zanaflax PRN (very occasionally).
It has been very encouraging to see Chris' analytic skills begin to return as he decreases the narcotics. He still has a lot of short term memmory problems. We are hopeful that he can continue the decrease and end up relatively pain free.