I am back here after being off this forum for several months. I am 5 months out from a 2 level TLIF L4-S1. About a month ago I thought I was starting to do a little better so my Dr. released me to go back to work, at first part time and then full time. He also had me stop PT.
But I have definately not been doing great since I went back to work. I have a 45 minute train ride and a bus ride to get to work and then sit at a desk for 8 hours to then take the bumpy bus and train ride home. (I do try to only sit for 30-45 minutes at a time.) By the time I get home I am so exhausted that my DH has to make dinner and I hardly feel like spending any time with my 4 yr old. The PA in my surgeon's office told me that I need to get off the norco but when I don't take it I can't function at all. My right thigh has been numb since a week after the surgery (it wasn't before the surgery) and the achiness is intolerable. I feel like such a failure.
I finally called my surgeon's office last week and I am coming in today to talk to them. I had an MRI done in March which showed that everything looked fine so it doesn't appear that there is any mechanical problems.
I left this forum a few months ago because I thought it made me dwell on the negative too much (not that it does for others, that is just my tendacy). But I finally decided it was time for me to come back. I am trying to stay positive and think that things can still get better but it is really hard.
Thanks for letting me share with you.