Today is my one year anniversary from my 3 level fusion. One year ago I was in surgery for 5 hours, in the hospital for 5 days, then in a rehab center for 7 days, learning how to walk and climb stairs.
OMG, it's been a rough painful road. I've said it a hundred times, "I'd rather have given birth to 10 children NATURALLY, than the pain endured from my fusion".
Well, now that it is one year, I can honestly say, I am better. It's been a hard long rough road, and I know I've still got a ways to go. I still go to PT, I still take about 3 percocets, sometimes 4 per day, depending on the weather. I am still numb on the inside of my left knee, up my thigh, I am still numb over on my right hip-buttocks, tender to touch, (all came from my surgery), BUT I've learned to live with it. I refuse to get more surgery!
I've learned to accept that life is different. Sad as it may be, it's different. There are so many things I cannot do, and will never be able to do. My life has changed forever. But I don't let that stop me in enjoying my "new" life. I can ride my ATV, slowly, not "hot-doggin" like I use to, I still go camping, can't dance like I use to, (I really miss that, I love to dance) can't bend over to pick up anything with weight over 20lbs, still can't run yet, or jump. Went to Cozumel Mexico for Christmas, got to snorkel and swim in the Caribbean... I refuse to stop living.
The only time I really hurt is when there's a change in the barometer, or if I over do it with driving, cleaning my home, or standing cooking for too long, sometimes when I roll over to my right in bed, when I sit in the bathtub and shave my legs, (puts me on the couch for a day).
But other than that, I'd say I'm doing pretty darn good. My original excrutiating sciatica pain is gone. Am I glad I had it done, yes. I just really didn't realize how long it takes to heal. I'm still healing.
But just to give people hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just realize that your life as you knew it will never be the same again. I was a very strong, outgoing, could do anything kind of woman, not any more, I'm always conscience of my titanium rods and screws, and do everything in my power to protect it.