Hi I didn't know where to post this, sorry. I am having my first post op visit 6 weeks after L4-L5 spinal fusion with my neurosurgeon tomorrow. I am on the no bending, no lifting and no twisting routine and wearing a back brace all the time except for sleeping and bathing (This back brace is a pain to wear, but it keeps my spine aligned, it is just so uncomfortable). Anyways my question is what do I ask my doctor? I really don't know what to expect at this visit and I am hoping that someone has and can kind of help me so I don't feel so stupid asking the doctor a dumb question.
I can think of a few questions, can anyone add more or tell me if they are okay to ask:
The fusion alleviated the pain, but I still
have days or several times during the day I have
some pain, will this go away or is this normal??
Will I ever be able to bend at the waist?
Can I get rid of the brace?
Can I start PT now?
I still have pain, can I still take percocet and flexerall for a while longer?
What things should I be doing or not doing, as I do not want to have more surgery?
Anybody out there can you please give me advice and I am open to anything you write.
LuAnn :? I)
L4-L5 Spinal Fusion Sept 22, 2008
L4/5 Disectomy June 18, 2007
Chronic Back pain for the past 15 years
Percocet,Flexerall,Flector Patch, Diclofenac Potassium, Kadian, Lyrica, Soma
These are the many ways I cope with my back pain:
Chiropractic, massage, hot and cold packs, physical therapy, accupuncture, etc.