I've really appreciated this board. I'm not usually this self-centered, but pain will do it to you.
I had L5/S1 fusion four weeks ago. Was doing better, then the past few days the back has been locking up, almost feels "loose" inside, like something broke. Called the doc, the PA called back and said it is normal and wants to put me on a 6 day prednisone pack and Soma. This in addition to the OxyContin I'm already on. I asked her about this and she said it is safe and doesn't interfere with fusion. She said they do it all the time. I know how great the steroid pack can be!! The thing that bothers me is the other PA, from the same practice, had told me that she doesn't like using the pack unless the pain is not controllable with the narcs--that it could interfere with fusion. ARRRRGGGG. So I told the PA who called today this and she said, "I've been here 15 years, and we use the prednisone all the time, it isn't an anti-inflammatory--it's fine." Any opinions? I've leared that I need to play a role in my health care.
A side note: I asked her if it was possible I broke something--like a screw or whatever--she said they will X-RAY me on Monday, but that she "has never seen a breakage in 15 years" and basically promised me that nothing is broken. She said the fusion is so deep in the body, there is no way you are going to break it. These people are fusion factories, do the most in the area, so it was re-assuring to hear that breakages are pretty rare. I know that doesn't help some of you who have had breakages--but perhaps it will calm some others who live in a measure of fear.