So I enjoyed 8 years of pain free bliss after my fusion surgery in 2010, then a rod broke... Due to pain I had all the hardware removed. Since my spine appeared fused I wasnít too worried. However 4 weeks post surgery Iím still a mess. I have a distended abdomen and severe muscle spasms in my abdomen when moving from lying down to sitting up and standing. I canít stay upright for long before my muscle pain is too much and I need to lie down again. Any movement involving abdominal muscles is very painful (even picking things up) Anyone out there have a similar problem? Iím worried I have nerve damage