Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/7/2010 8:06:57 PM (GMT-6)
Michael, I'm surprised that your meds are on the low side. After my lumbar fusion I was sent home with oxycontin, percocet & valium until my first recheck visit, then I went to just percocet. I would think with them going in from the front that you are having more incision pain, mine was from the back. Still I remember it taking a long time to heal and start feeling better. You do have to rest along with the walking. Try to watch sitting in any soft chairs, those are killer on the back after surgery. If I remember right I started showing some signs of fusion after about 2 months from an xray taken.
In another post you mentioned your cervical fusion. The cervical fusion was a piece of cake compared to the lumbar. I went home with 14 vicoden and went to a wedding reception after only 4 days, no dancing though. I had two levels done on the cervical area and you can't compare the two.
Hope you start feeling better soon!!!