from my 2 level Dynesys fusion (for spondy, bulging disks and stenosis, radiculopathy/sciatica L4-S-1) was today but I am actually 5 weeks out. My appointments were rescheduled twice due to emergencies.
I went in to my NSs office with high hopes. As I had mentioned earlier I was hoping to graduate to the smaller brace (a corset style one?) and to get the ok to drive. I got neither. He said the 2 week x-rays looked good and that the grafts were still where they were supposed to be. But he said he wanted me to wear the large TLSO brace for another month and to come back with new post-op flex/extn. x-rays. I said a month??? I bartered him down to two weeks. So that means I'm stuck with this giant brace for 2 more weeks, still can't drive and on top of all that he said I am sitting too much and I need to limit sitting to no more than 30 minutes at a time. He also said to only walk what I felt comfortable with, that "miles" were not necessary and to walk in small spurts through the day which is what I have been doing O:) . He said I look great, watched me walk checked my incision site and happily sent me on my way. I am grateful to be doing so well but I'm getting a little impatient. I am down to only half a dose of pain meds once or twice a day (varies based on activity level for the day) and I feel so good other wise. It's just so much tougher than I thought it would be to lay around and heal. Like I said I am so thankful to be having great results but I'm ready to get back to the world ya know what I mean? I am still so glad I found the site and that I feel like a part of the world here amongst my spiney brothers and sisters. I hope my positive (thus far) results are encouraging to others.