I am 4 weeks post ALIF. I felt like I was doing better last week. The past few days I feel like I am back to square one. I can barely move my back without feeling like something is going to pop. Also, I have had constipation issues. Let me ask a question--how is it possible to keep the fusion hardware in tact when you are basically giving birth to a baby every day whenever you sit on the toilet? I'm not trying to be gross (or minimize childbirth--I am sure it is much worse then severe constipation)--but I am concerned that I may have done some damage with all the pushing through the constipation. I'm not talking little pushes--I'm talking about using every muscle in my body to get it out. Will broken screws and such show on a simple X-Ray? I have an appt. next week and they will X-Ray me--but I'm starting to wonder about this pain--it just feels that the back is unstable and has gotten worse. I can't live like this the rest of my life. I saw one guy on here who is on Oxycontin 80mg 2 times a day plus break through pain meds and he had the same operation I did (maybe it was worse I don't know). Maybe my meds aren't strong enough--I'm "only" on Oxy 20 mg twice a day and baby Dilaudid pills. Should I try to become even more of a drug addict and up the pain pills? This is no win situation. I am usually a positive person--but I relate so well to so many others on this board who find themselves in tears all the time, feeling sorry for yourself, struggling not to always talk about your pain, worrying too much. Any of the rest of you have no zero tolerance for noise? That doesn't help when I'm trying to be a loving father of four.
My doc didn't use a brace--I think that was a huge mistake--I have bent too much--I know it.
Why would the pain get so much worse over the past few days? I did start walking more then I had been--when I walk I feel pretty good--but then right after it is hard. All the doc will say is that I had major surgery, I'm healing, etc. Maybe he's right. This is a challenge.