It has been a while since I have been here but wanted to pop back to share my 1 yr results.
For anyone awaiting surgery, this is my experience only and unfortunately I do have other medical conditions that have made my recovery slower and possibly more painful.I also had a severe scoliosis that the surgoen needed to straighten as well. So plesae read to the end. LOL
Generally I am feeling better then before the surgery, I no longer have bad pain down my legs and near complete numbness in my lower legs and feet.I can get around a lot more and do more stuff wheich is great. I CAN GO SHOPPING!
I do though, still have some pins and needles in my legs and some light numbness in my feet and lower legs but this is not nearly as bad as before the surgery and it is more annoying then limiting.
i do have more back pain then I had before. I take more painkillers then before surgery. A lot of this pain is burning pain which hopefuly will fade in time and some of it is sharp pain as in if I bend or squat.
I also need to rest each afternoon for a while and that makes the rest of the day much easier.
I had a CT before my meeting with the surgeon and he said that L3-4 there is some bridging of the fusion but it is not complete, L4-5 there is bone growth but it is not joining the vertebrae, L5-S1 again there is some bridging and this seems to be the most complete.
I was hoping for full fusion by 1 yr but the surgeon says that this is probably as good as it is going to get. A bit dissapointing but at the same time he said it is stable and the vertebrae wont move. I also have the rods, screws and spacers in to keep it all together as an added bonus.
yes, it has been a long haul. The first few months were not easy at all but now I am able to move so much better, I dont have morning stiffness like I had, i can go out and do things. I am currently looking for work and studying at college as well. Oh and I go to the gym 4 times a week.
All this is much more then I could have even thought of doing before the surgery, so 'would i do it over if i knew this was the result?" YES!