I am happy to have located this site, I have learned a lot in the past two days. I am 4 weeks post-op anterior lumbar fusion L-5/S-1. I must say that I have never been so miserable in all my life.
I recall when discussing surgery with my Doctor him saying to me that the pain and recovery from the incision would be the worst for me to overcome. I was in the hospital overnight and discharged the next morning. I recall during the night telling the nurse something wasn't right. There was an incredible pain I had not experienced before. She said it was all part of recovery, it would pass in a few days. I talked to my Doctor the next morning and told him I thouht something was not right and he told me the surgery was a complete success!! I would feel much better in a few days.
I went home, and forced myself to recover, back to work in 3-days with the Doctor's approval, off the medications in 7 days, walking regularly, doing all the things I was told would speed up my recovery. Today I am far worse than before my surgery and I am very concerned. I have been to see the surgeon 4 times and every time he tells me I will get better, give it time. I have not slept one night since the surgery, only an hour here and there. I have the most unbearable pain in my lower back, buttocks and legs that has made me fall more than 5 times now.
Yesterday, I went back to see my surgeon and I was insistent that something was wrong, so he has ordered a Myelogram for this Friday. I am scared that I am as good as I will ever be and that these moments of debilitating pain are not only increasing in frequency and severity, but are with me forever.
Advice? Any information on the Myelogram and what to expect would also be appreciated. Scared to death in Austin Texas!!!