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8 Days Post Op from Anterior Lumbar Fusion

In Aug of 2014 I had anterior cervical fusion C3-C5 and laminectomy. I had maybe 4 days of pain and after that I was great. The surgery was a complate success and I regained strength and mobility very quickly.
8 days ago I had an anterior lumbar fusion L4-S1 and laminectomy.  Nothing is the same. I am still in pain and due to my allergies I can not take pain medication. I am very weak, mostly from not sleeping. The steady pain I can handle, but I keep having spasms and the pain is indescribable.  It locks my body takes my breath.  It happens whenever I get up and sometimes in my sleep. 
Is it normal to still be experiencing this kind of  pain 8 days out?  This recovery is so different I'm afraid my body is rejecting the fusion.



  • eight days in terms of lumbar fusion is really early in the recovery process!!!  while they may have been similar surgeries in terms of what was done (anterior fusion), the lumbar area is different recovery-wise because of how your body bears weight.  the lumbar area (and particularly l5/s1) is sort of the weight bearing crux of your back, so i could understand why you would be having a different experience with this recovery than you did with your cervical fusion.   

    i had an l4-s1 fusion in january.  i also had terrible spasms and pain, and i'm sorry to hear of your allergy that prohibits you from receiving any kind of medicinal relief. 

    extend yourself some patience, but don't be afraid to call your doctor with your concerns!!  lumbar fusion surgery is no joke, and there are many members on here who can relate to what you're going through with your recovery.  

    in the meantime, welcome to our forums!  please click on the following link for more helpful information!
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    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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