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7 month update

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello fellow Spineys, I used to frequent this board and I do still check in and read mostly. These boards are cyclical, with groups of Spineys going through things together, then fading away as they get better. I know the positive stories always gave me hope, so I wanted to post my update in hopes that it encourages others.

I am 7 months post-op PLIF and posterior-lateral fusion L4-5. It was a long difficult ride for sure, but I made it through. I was off work for 15 weeks, I am a registered nurse in mother-baby. I am tolerating my job well. I am very cautious with my back and using good body mechanics. I know my job is probably not the best for a Spiney, so I am keeping my eyes open for something in the neonatal area which would be more Spiney friendly. I went to PT for 6 weeks before returning to work and it really helped to improve my core strength.

My back is mostly pain free now. It does ache if I do a lot of bending and housecleaning, etc. I recently moved and that was a stress on it, but I managed to do okay. I do have a farely constant tight feeling in my SI joints, more of an anoyance than pain. I occasional take a darvocet if it is flared up. My xrays show fusion progressing nicely although not yet complete. I go back in June for my next check up. I am still using my bone growth stimulator, although I occassionally forget, woops ;) I will be glad to be done with that thing, I have 2 months left with it.

So, just wanted to shed some positive light. I am glad I went through with the surgery as my hip/leg pain is gone. I do though believe that we are forever changed by surgery, but that is not bad. The alternative is worse, staying the same. I always say once a Spiney always a Spiney. We just have to stay cognisant of our limitations and needed precautions. I wish everyone successful outcomes and decreased pain. Take care Spineys, >:D< :X Cali-Sue


  • Thanks for posting with an update, and glad to hear you are doing well! I'm about 7 weeks out and continue to progress too, I'm back to work Monday (yikes!) but I have a desk job, so I really commend you for continuing as a nurse, keeping up with a physical job. You are strong indeed :)))

    You have posted lots of valuable info and thoughtful points of view, I know for one I learned alot from you before going into my surgery. Thank you.
  • Glad things are going well. Happy for you. Thanks for sharing
  • I'm so glad to hear that you are doing so well! It's been a long, long road though, huh?

    I just wanted to add to your positive note. My surgery was the end of last June. I was beginning to think I would never feel any better, but I started water pt (at my request to my doc) and can really tell a difference. I was having such horrible muscle spasms, and they have really gotten better. I'm also walking at a local mall 3 times a week. The more active I am, the less pain I have in the long run. Like someone on here said the other day, "Motion is the lotion." So true.

    So, take heart fellow spineys!
  • Thanks Melissa, I am glad I was helpful to you. So many Spineys encouraged me along my journey as well. I wish you success with your return to work. Take it easy and try not to do too much. >:D< Cali-Sue
  • Thank-you, I wish you great success with your surgery. If there is anything I can help with let me know.
    >:D< Cali-Sue
  • Hi Joy, yep the water is the best. I went to the local YMCA both before and after my surgery. It was what kept me going before surgery and definitely helped in my recovery. I went from 4 weeks post-op until 15 weeks when I went back to work. Now the Y closed here. It is going bankrupt or something, odd. Very sad, I met a lot of nice people there who really relied on the pool for their health. Well now I have my own pool, at least when it warms up I can use it :) See you on Facebook, >:D< Cali-Sue
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