I had posterior lumbar fusion L4,L5-S1 Feb. 2008 (9 months ago). I'm in more pain now than before the surgery. I used to be very active, ran half-marathons, rock climbed, and mountain biked, played basketball, lifted weights and did manual labor. From what I'm reading on these blogs it doesn't sound like people ever return to 100%, which is discouraging because I got the surgery in order to be able to do these activities again.
Has anyone had this same surgery before who have been able to return to these activities? Has anyone ever experienced less pain after surgery than before (like 9 months post-op)? My surgery was due to spondilo and DDD.
I have a hard time sitting for longer than 10 minutes without extreme pain. I can't make it through the day without pain meds if I need to work or do anything other than lay in bed.
Is there realistic hope to be able to run, play basketball and lift weights again?