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4 mo ALIF and PLIF post-op.....normal?

chg298cchg298 Posts: 1
edited 02/25/2015 - 11:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a L5-S1 ALIF & PLIF for a spondylolythesis and severe disc degeneration a little more than 4 months ago. Although the first couple of months were hell, I think I am doing well. I am starting to become more active. if I lay around and do nothing, I don't experience much pain BUT that is not realistic 4 months post op. I am 45 and was very active before. The spondylolythesis happened after a marathon when my back was shot and I sneezed. so now I am walking a lot (4 or so miles per day.) I have gained some weight since the surgery and that doesn't help. Here are my questions or areas of concern: I still need to take pain medication occasionally but feel awkward asking my Dr for a precription. I can't take NSAIDS because of an underlying kidney issue. Is it acceptable to ask for a precription for pain meds 4 to 5 months post op? Should I ask for a referral to a pain medicine dr? I also know one of the answers is to do less, but I need start re-engaing in the world physically - for my mental health. Also, I have noticed that the more I do and especially when my back feels really tight and painful, I can't fully empty my bladder. I don't want to set off alarms, I have not lost control of my bladder. Before the surgery and since having children, I have always had a minor incontinence issue with exercise, I know that it is not the result of the surgery, but not being able to fully empty my bladder is new....but it is not all the time. I hate complaining to my Dr. I was in so much pain before the surgery I feel I should be so grateful to find relieif that I should just learn to live with the details that are bothering me. I also spent so much time at doctors leading up to the surgery, I am somewhat loathe seeing doctors anymore. I do have a follow up with my surgeon next week. Thanks for reading this novel. :-)


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    edited 02/25/2015 - 11:45 AM
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  • My fusion was 1 1/2 years ago and I still need a couple of Norco daily. My surgery was a success but it didn't get rid of ALL of my pain. Luckily my Primary Care doctor will write me a prescription every month. Just be honest with your doctor and hopefully he will help you out. If not, you may need to go to a pain clinic.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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