I've just made the 6 month anniversary of my surgery. I had hoped by now that I would be in very good condition and without pain. I had a TLIF in June of this year on my T11-L1. It's an area that's rather unusual to the other posts that I have read. The surgery went well and I stayed out of work for 8 weeks. I am a school teacher and have returned to work full time as of August. I find that by the end of the day that my back muscles are very sore and often times tighten up without reason. I have significant soreness by the end of the day and definitely know that I am not normal, as in it's no doubt that I've had a significant surgery. Housework seems overwhelming particularly after a long day at work. I go back to the surgeon on Wednesday. I had an xray today to check the progress, and from what I can tell, everything is in place. I just wish I could shed this soreness in my back.
Is there anyone out there either at the same stage as me or just beyond this stage that can enlighten me and let me know if what I'm experiencing is normal? When can I hope to feel quasi-normal?
I want to get back to other activities that I've been avoiding, such as biking, exercising fully, etc. Does it take a full year to get back to doing this?
I am not on pain medications any more. It seems that my dr. doesn't want to offer me anymore of them because he hasn't ok'ed a refill since August despite the fact that I tell him I have serious aches and pains.
Do I just have to "suck it up" and take the pain as part of the status quo now?
Any input appreciated--