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10 weeks post-op l5s1 fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone. I am now 10 weeks out from a l5s1 fusion and am experiencing a good amount of pain. The wierd thing is at 6 weeks I actually felt the best. Ever since I have been experiencing more pain and do not seem to be improving a whole lot. The difference is that I have decreased my pain meds and have started pysical therapy. I was just wondering if this is normal. I am trying not to take any pain meds, but the pain seriously gets to bad, so I am taking 2 percocets a day. I honestly thought that I would be completly off of the meds by now, but there is no way. Is this normal? This whole healing process is very stressful. I cannot wait until I am normal again. I also have been brace free for 4 weeks now. Thanks guys loof forward to hearing from you.


  • 10 weeks is pretty early in your recovery, but no one can tell you what is ok but your Dr. I know that PT usually makes you hurt mre as you are using muscles and doing things you havnt done in a while. Why are you trying to wean off you pain meds? Did your Dr tell you to or is it your own choice? I was told to keep ahead of my pain. It makes you feel better and keeps you moving better. You need to consult with Dr on this. I am six months out of 2 level fusion, and still take pretty strong meds and havnt started PT yet due to some set backs. Keep your chin up, and ask you Dr if you are afraid of taking meds and your pain level, and also your progress., Good Luck
  • Thanks for the reply. I was just trying to wean off myself. I guess I just thought that at 10 weeks I should not need the meds anymore. I have never been on pain meds before in my life so this is all so new to me. I started taking more 2-3 a day the past two days, and the difference is night and day. I feel so much better while taking them it is unreal. I only take as needed and that is 2-3 times a day, so I guess that is not too bad is it? I go to the doc Jul 8 and that will be 13 weeks after surgery. I hope there is obvious fusion. This whole back thing really taking a toll on life. I feel for everyone that is going through it.
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  • you are feeling better. Dont be discouraged about needing meds, as you are not taking that many. I wish I was in you situation. Good Luck on Dr visit. Fusion is a long process, so try to be patient. I am six months and still not fused. It can take six months to a year or more. You sound like you are doing great. keep walking and remember no BLT. Keep us posted.
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