I recently had my three month postop appt. I guess the x-rays looked good, I am still not completely fused. He indicated that it takes up to a year before that will happen. I was told to take the next month to start weaning off my brace. I have begun experiencing some numbness and tingling in my feet recently. I am still not back to work. I have a sedentary job, and am worried about not only the commute into work but also the amount of sitting that needs to be done. My boss has been very patient, but he is getting desperate for me to come back, although in the same breath he says he doesn't want me to hurry either. I told him about my feet and that this just may be something that i will just have to get used to. My leg pain is much better than before surgery, my back pain is horrendous. I am still taking norco, oxycontin, valium and baclofen. I finally weaned off the neurontin. I start therapy next week. I was just wondering how everyone was doing three months postop, and how therapy went, also as to when people went back to work. I had L3-5 fused with plates rods and screws. They used BMP. They also removed some bone spurs from L5-S1. Any information would be helpful. I guess sometimes I just feel like a big wimp, because its not like i wasn't miserable and working before surgery, but now it is just nice that i can lay down when i want to, lay back in the recliner, etc. I guess is just so wished i could find a job where i could work from home and spend more time with my 2 1/2 year old. Another question, anyone have a two level fusion and then go through a pregnancy? My husband and I would love to have another baby one of these days. I am going to be 35 in a couple of weeks so the clock is ticking.
2008 bilateral lumbar laminectomy for herniated disc at L4-5, unfortunately doctor did surgery at L3-4
October - Jan 2009 - three sets of injections
March 2009, Trial of spinal cord stimulator
April 2009 herniated L3-4 disc
June 2009 two level fusion for degenerative disc disease and bulging discs, hypertrophic facet joints, etc L3-5, bone spurs removed at L5-S1
2000-2008 too many injections to count, plus therapy, tens unit, medications, etc. Still currently taking OxyContin, Norco, Valium, Baclofen and Cymbalta.