I'm taking care of my 77 year old mother, who had L5-S1 posteriar lumbar fusion on June 10th. She began having bilateral hip pain about week 2 and it continues today, usually only when rolling from side to side in bed or getting out of bed. The pain is excrutiating and brings her tears just about every time she tries to get out of bed.
She has been relatively healthy before the surgery, and was an active person before her back went out about 9 months ago. I'm 43 and she could run circles around me! She was a swing dancer, antique shop owner... very active, productive person. Now, almost 4 weeks after surgery, she mostly just sleeps. I force her to get out of bed about 3-4 times a day to walk around the house but it tires her very much on each trip. I hear about you people walking MILES and here we are just calling each additiona STEP a success.
The surgeon (one of the best in our area) just says, "Pain is normal". Well, I don't hear too many of you having hip pain like this and am starting to wonder. Are these muscle spasms? She didn't have a graft from her hip... they used a synthetic. Ideas? She is taking Lortab 7.5's every 4 hours and muscle relaxers, but they don't really rid her of this pain.
Thanks! This forum has been a Godsend for information... the doctors sure don't tell you what to expect!