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5 months from surgery

Sweetpotatoe57SSweetpotatoe57 Posts: 97
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I really am trying to be the best patient. But, it just seems that whenever I try to push things a bit farther, the pain sets in. I saw someone in PT with a fusion, and I don't have hardware, and we are both 5 months out, and she is doing better than me! I was laid up 1 year, where she was not, but my leg keeps getting pins and needles, and a tight feeling, buttox still hurts, and sitting is hard. The swelling is getting better, but I am tired of the Dr. saying 6 to 9 months for things to start to settle out. I did have a severe nerve compression, and I have had major improvements, but when does the pain end with every new thing? I did have muscle wasting, and my muscles did not work at all, and they do now, and my leg strength is really good now, so, is this all normal? How long does the pain after new exercises last? I am burned out, and I am worried about failed surgery. I had a Laminectomy, Foraminotomy, and Facetectomy at L5 S1, and major compression at S1. Looking for some hopeful answers that my surgery is not a loss. The Dr. just wants to wait for 6 to 9 months. Is the Neurosurgeon waiting to long to check things out? sweetpotatoe57


  • Jan 19, 2009 and still am having nerve issues related to my fall and initial surgery on Sept 7, 2008.
    I also had spinal cord and nerve compression and have been told that the healing process is very slow and may take up to 2 years to finally see how much I will be left with.
    I have problems late in the day when the nerves and muscle tell me enough is enough.
    Always remember that everyone is an individual and we all heal differently - this is something I had to learn also, as I hae been very hard on myself expecting myself to be healed in weeks instead of months. I know it's a hard pill to swallow, but we all have to be patient.
    Good luck and keep your chin up - as long as the sun continues to rise, the day can only get better!
  • I am sox months out from a 2 level fusion and discetomey. I had instraments and I still have some real pain. My Dr has told me six months to a year. Lat week I had six week ck and he said more like a year, as I had pnuemonia for a month with IV antibiotics for 22 days. So basically I cant start PT for another month. So be paitient. It is a long recovery and you sound like you are on track. I am still on high dose pain meds. So feel good. You are on your way.
  • You already have significant improvement. Your muscles work now, you have leg strength. It is a long slow haul. Take it easy with the PT -- slow and steady wins the race. Don't push yourself too hard, or you'll have the one step forward, three steps back syndrome.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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