8-weeks Post MIS TLIF... still having lots of pain!
I'm new to this community and am thankful to have found a group of people who are (or have) gone through something similar.
On 9/14/12 I had MIS TLIF (S1-L5). It was one of the most painful things ever! But at about 5-6 weeks I started to see some improvement in my pre-surgery pain. However, I developed a pretty nasty infection in both incisions and ended up having to have another surgery to clean out one of the incisions and to make sure it hadn't gone into the hardware. This was on 10/30/12.
It seems that ever since I had the second surgery that I've experienced even more pain than before I had the surgery. I don't know if something happened during the surgery, if this is normal, or if I've done something to cause the increased pain.
I'm extremely depressed about all of this. I had such high hopes for this surgery... I was hoping to get my life back. Now, I'm just freaking out about the pain. I called a week ago about the pain and his PA told me the pain was most likely due to muscle spasms. So I was put back on Robaxin. Honestly, it hasn't done much to help anything.
I return in mid-December for my 12-week follow-up. Do I just wait and see or call them again to complain about the pain? I really don't know what to do at this point. I'm still on Norco (10/325), take Lyrica and Cymbalta... I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia on top of all this other lumbar pain stuff.
Has anyone experience anything like this and what was the outcome? Am I just getting impatient or is this amount of pain at 10-weeks post op normal?
Thank you all for taking the time to read and respond. I really appreciate it!