Today I went to my Doctor for my 4 week check up from my L5 S1 surgery in July 23, 2009. He was really pleased with my xrays. He said that I was fusing excellent. If he took 100 people, then I would be in the top 10%.
He lifted all my restrictions. I am to wean my self off of the back brace in the next couple of weeks.
Even though he lifted all restrictions, he said only do what my body would let me do, to stop if it hurt. I was really surprised because before my surgery, he said that I would have to wear the brace for 3 months and there would be no BLT for 3 months.
I told him that I still hurt pretty bad and that I still had to take pain medicine every 4-5 hours day and night.
He ask me if the pain was the same as before the operation or different, I told him it was like before the surgery. Since it was not different, he said that was ok then.
He said it was from the nerves that had been in trouble for several years and that they just had to get well.
I ask him how long? and he said that it was different with each person. It was up to my body. But hopefully in a year.
My next appt. is in 3 months.
Sorry post is so long.