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3 weeks post op UPDATE

LumbarLynneLLumbarLynne Posts: 67
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well folks, it is time for my 3 week update. I can't believe it has been 3 weeks!

I had a minimally invasive single level fusion at L5/S1 on June 22, 2009 with 1 night in the hospital.

At 3 weeks post op, I have good days and not so good days - although no terrible days. After reading many posts on the board, I have decided not to rush getting off my pain pills. I am taking 20 mg. Oxycontin 2X per day plus extra Percocet and Tramodal as needed for breakthrough - plus lots of muscle relaxers.

I was having these terrible spasms at night where my body would twitch and I wake up in terrible pain. My doctor gave me a low dose of Mirapex (a med for Restless Leg Syndrome) and I started to take a supplement of Magnesium (I read this can help). I have not had a problem since starting these two meds! I am sleeping much better and not feeling so tired when I wake up - which is an amazing feeling! I think I may have even had RLS!

I still have trouble late at night with my back seizing up so I can't straighten up with pain at a level 10! But, the last two nights I did better. I got up every 20 minutes instead of staying sitting for 1.5-2 hours and that seemed to keep things moving!

Overall, I feel quite good in terms of recovery from the surgery. Although I still feel pain that resembles the pain I had before surgery, so not sure if this surgery "fixed all" although I feel confident that it "fixed some" of my problems.

I am back to working part time. I have hired someone to help with my household chores as they are too hard to do and follow doctors orders. I am already bending a few times a day and I know I shouldn't be but it is just too hard not to sometimes.

Walking feels good but 1 mile was too much, so I am going to drop back to .5 mile for now. I admit I am not really good at "recovery" - I am too busy to not continue in my life after 3 weeks - but I am trying to take it as slow as I can and give myself permission to not do it all!

I don't go to see my doctor until the 6 week mark. Should I see any bone growth at 6 weeks on the x-ray?

They mentioned starting PT at 6 weeks, so I may have to start doing that - I actually wish I could do more. I want to lose 50 pounds and really wish I could start my "program" to get that moving along - but I will be patient and wait for the doctor to give me the clear to exercise more.

That's it!


  • Thanks for sharing! You sound like you are keeping a positive attitude and your eye on the ball (for the most part, tsk-tsk on bending!), and that's so important!

    About losing weight: I'm doing it the "easy" way. I just cut my eating habits in half. If I normally eat 2 scoops of ice cream I have one, 2 slices of toast, I have 1, and so on. This way I never feel like I'm missing anything. It's something you could try right now if you think you feel ready!

    Keep up the positive thinking, and DONT' BLT!!!!
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