So I'm almost 8 weeks post M.I. TLIF on my L4/5. I had one physical therapy session that went great. I can walk around, put on my clothes, take showers, etc. all without too much problem. I am experiencing lower back pain though, and it doesn't really feel like the 'sore' feeling I should have from surgical pain.
This is hard to explain but I'm going to try. When I stand and arch my lower back, I get very sharp powerful pain. It's like where my butt hits my back. I am very worried because I do have a herniation at my L5/S1 and my surgeon didn't want to operate on it. I'm terrified that the pain I'm feeling down there is from that hernation, and that my surgery is going to be a failure.
I'm going to ask my physical therapist tomorrow what he thinks, and I might also call my surgeon to ask him too. I just wanted to know if anyone else experienced this type of pain post TLIF.
I've been feeling down all day, wondering if this is all worth it, if I'm insane for putting my body through surgery when I don't even know if it will help my pain situation. I kind of feel like I did pre-op. Though I have restrictions on bending, so I can't tell for sure if it's the same pain as pre op (since most of my pain came when I bent forward a bit).
Bleh, I hate this. I hate days like today & I hate feeling the same old back pain now that I underwent this major surgery.