Hello!….It takes a long while for the post-op pain to subside. Please give it time….it may take 3 to 4 weeks before you see any reduction in the pain, and you will not know for several months wether or not the surgery has worked, as it can take 12 to 18 months for a total fusion to take place. If and when your surgeon does a CT scan in a couple of months…it may then show that the fusion is starting by seeing new bone growth.
You have to be patient and I know it's hard to do, but trust me!…it takes time. Make sure you keep up the walking, but again do not over do yourself.
I have been there in your shoes a couple of years ago, and it is important that you know…that you need support….so feel free to check in and keep asking questions as you heal. You will take a few steps forward, and then several back. This is very normal…and you will worry if you feel that things are not moving along as fast as you think it should. Everyone is different…so again, be patient.
Also!…I see many lumbar surgery patients try to get off their med's too early!…don't make that mistake, and stay on top of your pain with them. When you can, hop in the shower, as it will make you feel better.
Take care, and I hope you do well!
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