Hi, I’m healthy 20 year old who, three and a half months ago at the start of August, had spinal fusion surgery from T4 - L1 to correct progressive scoliosis. It was a double/S curve, with my upper spine curving towards the right (56°), and the lower curve towards the left (maybe 40°). I had lower back pain before surgery but it didn’t stop me from doing anything I wanted to do. Maybe I’d have to sit for five minutes if my back was getting too sore, but I was able to continue on with my day like your average person.
Post-op, I’ve been recovering well. Back to driving. I’m able to go out for average two - four hours if I need to. However, after a while of standing up/walking/sitting, I get an aching soreness across my lower back which often has me lying down. I also get an aching spot in the left of my lower back near the back of my hip bone (this general area was quite sensitive in the early weeks but it eased off). I’ve tried heat packs, pain-relieving gel, paracetamol and nurofen, but whenever I get back up, the pain eventually comes back.
I’ve been going to the gym a few times a week and do brisk walking on the treadmill and ride the stationary bike which I’ve found seems to ease some of the pain at the time. I do suspect that I need to strengthen my core and lower back when I can which I’m hoping will ease this pain in the long-term.
Just a bit paranoid that this might be permanent, but perhaps it’s a bit too early to declare that. It's just so persistent and annoying. Really just want to know if this is normal and if anyone else has experienced similar?