I had postier lumber interbody multi-level fusion (3/4/5)on Sept 22,2009.
It has been almost 4 weeks from my surgry and I have been feeling like crying every day out of frustration of my lack of freedom.After reading some posts I am relieved that this is normal.
The pain from the operation was really bad the first two week however the constipation from the pain meds became such a problem that at 3 weeks I stopped taking them. I have been on extra strenght tylenol every 5 hours for the past week and I am (so far)able to deal with the pain. After reading some of the post I feel truly blessed that my recovery is going so well.
I had no idea the the recovery time could be up to one year!!!
I am really scared that I will hurt my fusion as I start to be more active. My doctors do not beleive in the body brace. Does anyone out there have any advice?