I am now 7 months post-op and saw my surgeon today for a follow up appointment.
First, how do I feel? Overall, I believe I have made progress, though I still have many aches and pains. The most annoying thing is that I have constant minor discomfort. At times, it is as bad as before the surgery, but most of the time it is less, though noticeably still there. The discomfort is different than before the surgery.
I have also noticed that the pain and discomfort is much worse when we have colder temperatures (not surprising). When we have had warmer temperatures over the past 2 weeks I have felt much better, though some discomfort persists.
Regarding the appointment, my surgeon is pleased with my progress with exercise and also how things look on the x-rays. The x-rays now show some signs of bone growth. It is nowhere near solid, but is definitely noticeable.
However, he is a bit concerned about the constant discomfort at this point in the recovery process. For now, he has noted it and we will re-visit the issue at my next appointment in 4 months. If this is still an issue in July, he will have me do an MRI or CAT scan to see what's going on. In a worst case scenario, he said we may need to do another surgery to either clean out any problems or possibly put in rods and screws (he did my fusion with facet bolts).
He gave me a new prescription for Vicodin, just in case I need it every once in a while. Other than that, no changes to my routine. I guess it's just more of the same - exercise, being careful and waiting until the next appointment.