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Is this the way it is suppose to go??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
The first couple weeks after surgery were big time pain med days. Then for awhile, I hardly used the pain meds but was just walking a little bit and not doing much. I am now 8 weeeks, walking a mile twice a day and am gradually doing things like shaving my thighs for a few days then building in putting on and tieing my tennis shoes, building in weaning off my brace 40 min. 3 times a day.......at this point I find my butt burns and my low back feels it a little and I need to go back to my Narco once, sometimes twice daily. Some days I don't need it at all but especially the tieing shoes, has my butt burning and I need it again.
I guess my question is.....Is it normal to need the pain meds each time I try new things or am I doing something wrong??


  • You're doing a lot more than I was at 8 weeks post-op from my three level fusion. I was still using my walker, waking up at 3am to take more pain meds, and only walking our 50 yard driveway. I am now 21 weeks post-op and still do 2 percocets per day. But I do walk without my walker lol:) (god I hope so..lol) I walk 1-1/2 miles a day, and was just released at 20 weeks post-op to start PT. NS wanted to wait until I was MOSTLY fused before PT.

    But you are absolutely normal,...patience, patience, patience,...this is a long one.... good luck and feel good... You're ok
  • thanks lynnsy....I wanna ride the ATV like you!!! If I'm doing better than you did at 8 weeks and you're riding the ATV at 21 weeks, I'm finding that very reassuring. I was just hoping to pick up some momentum and ditch the pain meds.....ahhhhh, patience what a struggle :D
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