Re: 38 Days out from 2 level fusion at L3-S1
I was still in a fair amount of pain at the stage you're at. That's to be expected. Keep up with your pain meds and walk as much as you're able, even if it's with the walker.
I do use a TENS unit, but I didn't get it until about 6 or 7 months post op. It helps, as long as I don't use it too much. I was told to use it only twice a day for not more than 30 minutes. Since I don't work anymore, I save it for use at church so I can get through the services with sitting longer than I normally can. Reserving it for my hardest times makes it keep it's effectiveness. My therapist said if I use it too much, my nerves will get used to it and it won't work for me anymore.
Hopefully, you'll be having less and less pain pretty soon now, maybe within a few weeks. You may be able to hold off on getting the TENS unit, unless they're thinking you're definitely not going to end up being able to manage residual pain with meds.
How are your spirits?
Please let us know if you have other questions, and we'll do our best to try to help you from our own experiences. Hopefully, others will chime in on this post for you, too.