I hope someone can give me some advise---I am 10 weeks post-op from L5/S1 decompression with fusion. At week 8, on 7/22, my PT started me on crunches and hip bridges (hip lifts). When I saw my doc on the same day, he said I was fusing and that the 2 screws were still in place and had not moved at all. He advised that I start trying to bend some but not to go crazy with it!After a week of the exercies, I started feeling much more flexible and had much less hip pain. Before surgery, I had terrible right leg pain and hip pain. After surgery, the leg pain subsided after about 3 weeks but the hip pain comes and goes. My problem is this... a couple of days ago I bent a little more than I should have and now have right hip and pain in my right front thigh. I have been making it on Ibuprofen during the day with one Lorcet at night until this happened. This morning I had to take a Lorcet and I'm still feeling the pain. It isn't unbearable but it scares me that I may have done damage to fusion. :SS Has anyone else out there had this happen? Could it be that I just irritated a muscle or nerve that hasn't been used in a while?