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constant ache...normal after fusion @ 16 weeks???

phyllis_gapphyllis_ga Posts: 27
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am @ 16 weeks with my L5 S1 fusion and about 2 weeks ago I started having this constant ache on the right side around L5 :? Walking it goes away, lying down, sitting and standing gets bad at times especially standing. I can't seem to stand in one place but a few minutes and I have to start moving around. So is this NORMAL? Is this just growing pains? If so, at what stage does it start getting better.............c'mon give me something to look forward too!.. ;)

Last visit at 12 weeks I was 90% fused.


  • When I was 16 weeks post op (TLIF/Laminectomy L4-S1), I was still in a good amount of pain, and I hard a hard time with everything. I couldn't ride in a car without misery, sit, stand for an extended period of time, or walk that much. Now at six months I'm still the same. There's nothing much to do for now but to stay on my pain meds. Everybody has their own healing rate, but I think doctors expect you to be initially better by 12 weeks. It does take around a year for full recovery and up to 18 months for the nerve to fully heal.
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