On 11/6/15, I had L5-S1 and L4-L5 fused. This was my 4th surgery since '94.
I actually felt great until going out on Xmas eve and day. And just felt normal soar ness.. I started slow walking in a pool in mid-January.
Between PT visits (including acupuncture), stretching and foam roll exercises, walking, and swimming, I make progress then fall back. I've had 2 or 3 setbacks where I would stop walking for a week then resume.
3 weeks ago I asked my surgeon to down grade me from Percocet to Vicodin. I don't mind taking V-din but I'd rather not require anything. He pushed for one lower - Ultram. I did OK for week 1.
At the end of week 2 I had to work 3 10-hour shifts in a row at an auto plant on my feet half of the time. I drove home and expected two days on the couch and then I'd bounce back. Well that was 10 days ago. Since my surgeon is on vacation all month, he prescribed Vicodin when he heard I Was laid up in bed for 5 days. They mail it so I was still SOL. I went I'm Fri to my GP and got Vicodin only as a bridge to an appointment with a pain clinic doc.
My question is about what to do about L3-L4. Been reading that this level shoulders all,the new weight and breaks down next. How do I avoid that? Another friend's surgeon said he'd see him in 10 years when the next level up wears out.
There has to be something I can do.
What have 2-level fusion patients to make sure the next level up didn't have to come out 10 years later.
I would appreciate any suggestions.
Please help me create options to consider.
1. Do nothing
2. Walk, swim and yoga
3. Massage, cranial-sacral, Rolfing
4. PT cold laser and dry needling (aka Acupuncture covered by insurance)
5. Find out pain clinic options (tens, pump, etc.)
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