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One month out from spinal fusion L4-S1

hi, I'm wondering what is normal. Am I ok? Didn't expect such intense, debilitating pain. I still need Percocet. Titrated down to one every eight hours. But, can barely walk. Intense pain when I stand up. Can't sit for very long. My doctor said its a "marathon " not a "race", but I don't know what that means regarding pain expectations. Getting ready to request refill for pain meds. Should I just suck it up?
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    welcome noni9
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    spinal fusion surgery recovery: one to three months post-operation





    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • bugslybbugsly MinnesotaPosts: 36
    Hello noni9,  I am 2 months out of L3 to S1 fusion.  I was off my meds in 2 weeks. Currently I'm in no pain. Sorry to hear your in pain yet.  Everybody is different and they all say it takes time.  It could be normal, only you and your doctor would be able to tell. Do you still have the pain prior to surgery?  Is this pain different.  Take care and make sure you don't BLT.
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  • "Sucking it up" and remaining in pain can cause more stress on your body than it needs while you are so young in the recovery process!  Please talk with your doctor about this--he/she would be able to answer questions about what happens to your body when it is going through the "pain response" (elevated heart rates, adrenaline levels, etc.).  Yes, it is a marathon, but endurance can be aided by proper use of medications while you are healing.  Hope you and your doctor(s) can agree on a medication plan that produces the best possible results for you. 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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