I had L4/L5 posterior fusion 4 weeks ago yesterday. I am returning to work on Monday as a 6th grade teacher. To be honest, I was terrified of reading all the stories about how horrible this surgery was. I spent 4 days, 3 nights in the hospital and when I came home, I really didn't think I would ever get better. By the end of week 1, I felt like a different person. The nerve pain was gone, I was able to sleep and start moving around. I really think the key was getting up. It is so easy to just lay/sit all the time. The more I walked the better I felt. I am up to 3 miles a day and feel wonderful. The only problem I still have is pretty bad nerve pain in my feet at night. Even on a neurontin (sp?) I still have problems falling asleep, once I'm asleep I sleep almost 10 hours! Did anyone else have this problem with their feet? It just started last week.
I know before my surgery, it was hard to find a positive post, so I just wanted to give my support to those who are preparing for this surgery!