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