I have missed this BB! I just wanted to pop in and say hello and let everyone know I am doing really great. It has been 9 months now since my 2 level Dynesys fusion. I went back to work in Jan and by March I was back to pretty much full time. I am currently able to go to the gym 5-6 days a week and I work out for an hour to an hour and a half. As long as I avoid high impact anything I do very well. I spend about 35-40 minutes on the elliptical and also do biking and the treadmill. I am so excited with how well I am doing. I still hurt daily but it is very manageable and as long as I watch my body mechanics I can do pretty much what ever I want. One of the hardest things is swimming. When I do laps my back still gets very tight. It also does not like it when I stand perfectly still for too long. I still use my heating pad for the muscle tension and I still sleep with a pillow between my legs to help balance things. Every now and then I even sleep on my stomach which my NS says is okay if it is comfortable (it's more like far on side with the pillow keeping from going all the way though) My most worrisome issue is actually the neuropathy. It did not go away which I knew was likely. It gets very bad at times. I am not taking anything for it so as long as it doesn't cause too much trouble I am ok. The elliptical seems to aggravate it but as soon as I walk around a bit the feeling comes right back. I won't have another set of films done until July so I don't really know what is going on in there but I think things are healing really well, I hope to be completely fused come those anniversary films! I just wanted to give someone a little hope. There can be life after spinal fusion. I am doing everything I can to take care of myself and I am so grateful for each day. It amazes me when I think back on everything I have been through but I got here and I plan to appreciate and enjoy every bit of it for as long as it will last. I will tell you that I always feel better if I stay active. Being still and "lazy" makes it worse. I have also managed to lose 19 pounds in the last 8 weeks so I am thrilled! I hope to see that the 20th pound will be gone tomorrow! I think about all of you, my spiney friends and hope and pray you are doing well. For all those who have come in since I have been away have faith, do all the homework, follow doctors orders to a tee but above all else you must remain positive, plan to do well use your mind and see yourself strong. It works! I wish you all the very best!
Be empowered and be blessed!