Re: 3 weeks post ALIF pain(discomfort)question??
At 3 weeks you should need the pain meds a lot. You may be moving around more, etc. I was on very strong medications for 2-3 months before I started to be able to take them "as needed". Take them as scheduled and prescribed for at least 2 months, then start to see if you can change to just "as needed". If you later return to work you may find that you need pain meds when you come home, when you over do it, when traveling, etc. Don't be afraid to take them as prescribed.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08