HI, have not been on on the site in years, prob since my last fusion, L4.5 in 2011. This year 11/25 had L5 S1 fusion, I am told while he was in there he replaced the hardware from prev fusion, so was a bigger surg than they thought, was 5 hrs instead of the expected 3. I am now 5 weeks post op and feel worse than before the surg. I have more pain going down my left leg, sometimes into my ankle, and some on the right also. Before surg, was pretty much just on left side but never that far down. Had xray 2 wks ago, said all looked good, incisions looked good. I have another sched for 1/12. then scheduled to go back to work the next day. Granted I do desk work, but to sit for more than s few mins is an issue, also at home i use my ice machine, still lots of swelling. now on to more pain, a week ago i was on the couch w my legs up flat against the couch, someone came and sat on the lower section of my legs, like below the knee, he is approx 160-200 lbs, he also wouldnt move until I had to beg, about 5 mins. Now seems to me, I am in more pain since that happen. Called dr, he said to just watch it and let him know if it gets worse. It hasnt, but has not gotten better. My activity level is very low, I can get to Walmart or the groc store and am lucky if I can gt in the store and walk around with my cart, I think the longest I lasted was 15-20 mins, went home back to ice machine. They just lowered my meds, was on percacet, am now on 7.25 (I think) of vicoden every 4 hrs. I know its going to take a long time to feel better, but should I feel worse at 5 wks out? Also, how long have you all been out of work, . I now for a fact that my body will not last if I go back in a week. So looking for thoughts, advice, help? oh forgot to add, i have little or no support,. pretty much have to do what needs to be done and alot of the time, most of the time I am having to do things I shouldnt do, (bending, twisting and lifting)
should also mention I am 48 and quite over weight, which certainly doesnt help, plus vicoden makes me starving! oh yeah, am also up against poss losing my job, so lots going on.