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6 weeks post op fusion update

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Its six weeks post surgery today L 4 l5 s1 fusion . Had my
Dr visit and x ray yesterday. looks like fusion or bone growing around the area. So hopefuly I on my way to going back to work.
i don't know how to bump the old thread up so I'll do a update for anyone considering surgery .
Had fusion last wk of july 08 . Had 2 days in Hosp with bad pain at site upon awaking .morfine whenever i could get it. Went home and for 2 days I took percocet every 3 or 4 hrs and slept . On the 5th i stopped drugs and began the walking . Found that I had instant relief from nerve pain that had ran down my leg prior to surgery .By day 10 i had no pain at all, was walking up to 5 mi a day felt like I was 21 again for awhile. I guess I had been in so much pain for so long my body was still pumping out endorphins . Had trouble sleeping so they gave me zanax which helps . Week 4 noticed 2 bumps on incision ,went to the doc and found that I had infection from some of the desolving stiches that didn't desolve . Had to go to doc every day for past 2 weeks to clean and dress it along with antibiotic..never got out of hand and was cleared this past monday .So watch your incision and call the doc fast ! I began to feel some discomfort at the surgery site in the last 3 wks like a normal person ,but nothing like what I lived with before surgery just sore not bad . I guess its delayed action with me ! Still walking 3 to 5 have to continue to wear plastic brace whenever Im up .allowed to do a little more around the house ,can now go to hot tub or pool and drive the lawn tractor .No vaccum or push mower .Ask if I can get PT ,But not allowed yet
Doc said we might be able to talk about work and PT next on visit 1 month from now .So far its going very well for me .I hope this gives someone thats going for surgery some hope for a pain free future . Seamoose
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Comments

  • Sounds like your doing AWESOME!! =D> =D>
    Besides your set back with the infection which of course can happen to anyone.
    That is one thing I cleaned and checked everyday.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It certainly will help others recovering and go in for surgery!!!!!

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!
    >:D< =D> ;)
  • Congrats!! It's great to hear that you are doing so well. You make me jealous lol. No pain meds and walking 3 to 5 miles a day!!! Keep up the good work!! =D>
  • I had my 6 week yesterday too and the doctor saw signs of fusion too. However, I've only been walking 2 miles a day so I better step it up if I want to catch up to you.
  • I forgot to thank everyone here that had helped answer questions i had . Thanks Seamoose
    Oh !Is it time to start looking to replace the Harley I sold to finance this ?????? I didn't have the nerve to ask the Doc . Also had the wife sitting next to me giving me the look when I asked when I can start weight lifting again. Almost turned me to stone ,Didn't want to push my luck !!!! Seamoose
  • hello! Congratulations on your improvement, glad you got a handle on the incision infection quickly!
    today is my six week mark..I do not get x-rays for another 2 weeks..hoping there is beginning of fusion. I am very concerned about returning to work. I am a special ed teacher and the class I was given this year is tought (so much for " I will help you anyway I can" from my principal). I walk about one mile a day...give or take since I find when I did more I was exhausted.
    Keep up the good work!
  • My two jobs had me on my feet all day plus going up and down 3 floors of steps 3 or 4 times a day to the roof. I worked up to the day of surgery (I could walk if i bent over ) So i'm used to a lot of walking and climbing ladders and steps . Please don't kill yourself trying to walk as far . Also I was working and going to school at night for the last 3 years (barely knew what day it was)so I'm going completly nuts with all this time on my hands . When I walk I'm doing it quite leasurely (should learn how to spell)not like I'm getting any cardio out of it.Its all I have been allowed to do so its been all I do all day . I found that the surgery took a lot of steam out of me but I've never been able to just lay around . I'm a very hiper person I have to be doing something all the time so I walk .I have also found that I can't sit more than 15 or 20 min. any more the back will start hirting . I have to lay down or stand so I walk . I don't think the distance is important they just seem to want you on your feet as much as you can be .
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