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MsMona...3 weeks isn't very long in fusion-surgery time.

It's very normal to still be experiencing pain at 3 weeks. And normal at 6 weeks, 10 weeks 20 weeks. I'm 18 months and I still get pains here and there from time to time.

I think the key is to keep a positive attitude. I got to a point where I thought I'd never get better and feel normal again. It finally happened.

Make sure you get out and walk. I don't know where you are, but if you can't walk outside due to the snow and ice, find somewhere inside to walk walk walk.

It's good to wean off the meds, but don't torture yourself either. If you need a tylenol here or there by all means take them. You'll drop them when it's time.

Hang in there. :wave:
Time is the key to healing....The fusion can take at least 6 months to set-up and sometimes a year to be solid, however this is different for everyone. I am 4 months post-op and I still have days where I ache a lot but the pain isn't even close to what I felt before the surgery so I can deal with it. I was on percocet and oxycontin for about a month or so and now I take an occasional tylenol. My last x-ray showed possible anterior fusion already but still waiting on the posterior side to kick it in gear......I take things one day at a time. Everyday I have less pain and stiffness and I have PT to thank for that and I also follow everything the doctor tells me. I just went back to work last week and I so long as I can do a combination of sitting and standing I am fine.....enough rambling.....Follow your doc's instructions and take things one day at a time