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showing signs of fusion?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi. I just had an appointment with my NS today and I'm a little confused... I went in a few days ago because I was doing well with recovery from a L5-S1, L4 fusion until about a month ago when my nerve and back pain became worse. He thought one of the screws may have been touching my nerve root. After looking over my CT scan everything looks to be in place, but my fusion has not yet taken.
He did see "signs of fusion" and has put me on calcium pills and said I should wear my bone stimulater for 4 hours a day. He also said it's a low percentage of people who do not fuse within the first 3-6 months... Have any of you fused after the 3- 6 month period??? Right now I am at 7 months after my surgery, and I'm 33 years old, living in Singapore. Thanks for any advice or stories!


  • Showing signs at 3 months is good. At the xray, you probably can see some white fuzziness at the fusion. Fusion usually takes 9 to 12 months to completely fused - that's how slow a bone grow and fuse, so be patient. In the mean time, do a lot of short walkings. I know Singapore is hot and humid, walk in the evenings, in the open, it will do you good. It will also help stretch out any scar tissues developed. Stay with the no BLT 'diet', that is no bending, no lifting and no twisting. Also, this is hard but do try to stay out of very cold air conditioning, it will make your back more ache than you want to. Wishing you smooth recovery.

  • Thank you so much for the pep talk! I have been so confused after my last appointment, I wasn't sure what to think and my Dr. wasn't clear about what I should and shouldn't be doing. This is very encouraging and is doing my mental recovery more good than you can know... thanks again.
  • Welcome Rebus, anytime. Keep us updated of your progress.
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