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Who else has PAINFUL mornings after fusion?????

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello ALL...I am just wondering if anyone one else has alot of pain when then get out of bed in the mornings?? I absolutly dread getting up now...it has been over 8 weeks since my level 2 L4-S1 fusion and it has been going fairly well but the mornings are bad!!

I am still on Percocet 5's but only take 2 a day....I walk every day...

So what I NEED to know is ...does it ever go away?? What has been your experiance with the morning PAIN??

Thank you all ahead of time;) ♥♥♥



  • Polly, I usually feel best in the morning. I wonder if it is your bed or how you are sleeping. I am farther along in progress than you are but I have been good in morning for a while, curious to see other responses. Do you have any arthritis? Also have you started any PT or anything new? Just wondering if these could have an impact. I hope it improves for you, that is an awful feeling to not want to get up.
  • Hello Seeking;)

    I have not been able to start PT because of $$$ problems;(I do alot of just simple stretching cause my muscles want to scream:(LOL

    I do have arthritis in my lower back...do you think that could be making the pain worse??

    I switch from sleeping on my left side with pillow between legs to my back but not for long on the back...kinda uncomfortable;)LOL

    Do you know of any good stretches??
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  • Hi Polly,

    Yes, mornings are the worst right now. I also dread getting up, but laying there hurts too after I wake up. It still hurts to turn over or just get straight ton my back. I'm going on 12 weeks postop this week. I have osteoarthritis and I do think that makes it worse for us. We've had all the impact from the surgery healing and then the fusion going on (which is inflammation). I've also read BMP makes things swell while it's really hopping inside growing bone, so we just can't win.

    I still have a big bulge at L3/L4 that's pushing a nerve root and I think that causes some pain with some movements. Once I'm up for awhile, hot shower, get dressed though, the pain dies down some.

    I did PT for 6 visits and that did really help with some stiffness and spasming, altho I still get those too.

    Good ole Arthur though....
  • PT had me doing hamstrings...lay on your back with one leg straightup and bend back your toes towards you feeling the burn and just hold that for 5 counts, then do the other leg. They also tried me sitting on a table with one leg hanging off and one stretched out in front of me, then not bending, but sorta leaning toward the stretched out leg.

    Standing in front of the dresser and going up on your tippy-toes 20 times.

    Laying on your back and squeezing the bottom and holding 5 secs for 20 times.

    Laying on back, bending knees up some with feet on the floor and dropping one knee at a time to the outside slowly.

    Laying on back, and press your navel to the floor (or that feeling), crunching your stomach down, pushing your back flatter and holding for 3 secs. 20 times.

    Those were the ones I did in PT that are supposed to stretch out our back muscles and strength the core. I'm sure there are many more others have done, but those I really felt when I concentrated on them and I still do them at night in bed after work and kids and everything.
  • Hi, I had the same problem up till about 6 weeks ago.. Every morning I had a painful/stiff back.. Its o.k now. So without tempting fate and it recurring again, Yes it does eventually go.
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  • I'm 5 1/2 weeks post surgery and I also have a good amount of pain first thing in the morning. It settles down pretty quickly, but is definitely annoying when I wake up.

    I am not aware of having arthritis in my lower back, though the surgeon did remove a lot of "arthritic material" around the nerves during my surgery.

    I have my post-op appointment tomorrow morning and will ask about this issue.
  • I usually have the same thing...very difficult mornings until I stir about a bit. But this morning was really great..just a tad stiff but it got better and better. Crashed back down around 2:30 though and hasn't let up yet. I really feel better when I stay up and busy, but then I tend to do too much and suffer for it. I find that when I lay down because I'm tired, my back really hurts when I get up again. What's up with that?
  • All people recover at different rates, I am sure you will get there. Give it time.

    I am 5 weeks post TLIF (1 level)and mornings are my best time. This is actually the first time in years that I sleep thru the night and wake up rested. Pre surgery I tossed and turned and woke up in so much pain it took me hours to be able to walk upright. I am also able to lay flat now, I havent been able to do that in years.

    Once it hits about 6 PM, I am done for though, but after I am laying down for a bit I am good.

    I am off all meds since 3 weeks, including my pre surgery duragesic. I occasionally take the vicodin, only when I over do it.

    Have you told your doctor that PT isnt possible for you? Can you ask your doctor for handouts with stretches and exercises he would like you to do, just for a bit of guidance?

    Wishing you well,
  • Do you mean it's possible to wake up in the morning and actually feel good???? :/ For years I've woken up sore & achy. Of course it was definitely much worse after surgery...and it is better now. But I just thought that feeling tired and cranky (and feeling like you're 70 when you're only 43) was normal? ;))
  • I set my alarm early every moring and when it goes off I take my pain meds/tylenol, then I go back to sleep for a few hours and when I wake up again I feel pretty good.

    I also am using one of those memory foam matress toppers and lots of pillows. Going to sleep is another problem.

    Take Care >:D<

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