I can't believe the surgery was 8 weeks ago! I can't wait until 3 months when I am allowed to work out again! I finally had my post op appt at 6 weeks. Nothing exciting, the nurse said the x-ray looked fine - got to see the hardware in my spine for the first time - I go back in Dec and maybe we will see bone growth by then.
I did finally see the reports from the x-ray done at pre-op and the x-ray done at 6 weeks post-op. They were depressing as they said "multi-level facet disease" and "multi-level DDD with worst being at L5/S1."
So.... what does that mean for my future?? More fusions down the road???
I am trying to lose the extra 50 pounds that I have - but it is soooo hard. I know it will help keep the next surgery away longer than if I have to carry around an extra 50.
My pain is better in some ways. I can feel my facets grinding together all the way up my spine and I "crack" my back often to relieve the pressure and it makes a lot of popping noises all the way but does help keep things moving and hence less pain.
My pain is better in the one area of the fusion but still there to some degree and I still have pain in other areas.
I am still taking Oxycontin 10 mg. approx. 3X per day although today, I managed with just 20 mg so maybe I am ready to try to cut back again! I still have a ton of muscle spasms throughout my back, hips, legs, and arms. I take Flexeril and some other muscle relaxers.
I was having these HUGE twitches at night while sleeping that would wake me in terrible pain. I am taking Magnesium and Mirapex (used for Restless Leg Syndrome) and it has made a huge difference. I still have an occasional twitch but not as bad.
How are my surgery buddies doing?