Hi all fusion survivors:
I had a L4-S1 TLIF almost 3 months ago.
My morning pain and stiffness has been awful (about a 6-7) and I'm still on all my post-surgery meds. During the day when I'm up and about I'm in minimal pain (2-3). At two months the 'during the day' pain was almost down to zero, but then I took off my brace and started PT so the pain crept back up.
So, when does the pain end? When docs/people says that the recovery can take up to a year. They're talking about the fusing, but how long does it take for the pain/stiffness to heal?
Do you remember how long you were in pain after your fusion surgery? When were you finally off your meds?