Recent L5-S1 fusion
Diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis about 30 years ago. Didn’t cause me much pain except for the yearly episodes of throwing my back out and being laid up for a week or so. But 2 years ago morphed into pretty much constant pain, especially when sitting.
Doctor finally recommended surgical fusion option and I had the procedure done 9 days ago. According to him it went well and he is optimistic on the ultimate outcome. I am fairly mobile, doing about 90 minutes of walking each day, but by the end of the day, when it’s time to go to bed, the pain becomes almost unbearable without meds. During the day there is pain, but it’s quite manageable. Why does it peak at night? Am I doing too much during the day perhaps? Or some other reason? I do not take pain medication during the day, but do have to resort to a pill at night.
Overall what does recovery from surgery look like, how long might it take for that whole area to calm down so that most of the pain is gone, even though it will be 3-6 months for the bone to grow? This recovery is not like any I have experienced before, meaning it feels plateaued where I don’t have marked improvement on a day to day basis, but rather plateaus followed by slight improvement. Is that normal.
I know my doctor should answer these questions, but while a highly respected surgeon he seems to have no time for these types of queries.